Web3 Ecosystem Faces $1.25B Losses in 2023, Aug Sees $23.4M

Web3 Ecosystem Faces $1.25B Losses in 2023, Aug Sees $23.4M


In the ongoing year of 2023, the Web3 ecosystem has experienced substantial losses totaling $1.25 billion across a total of 211 incidents. Notably, the month of August alone contributed significantly to this figure, accounting for losses amounting to $23.4 million. 

The surge in losses during August can be attributed in part to vulnerabilities and exploits affecting projects built on the newly established Ethereum Layer 2 Base, which have contributed to major security breaches within the Web3 landscape. 

The incidents underscore the challenges and risks associated with the growing Web3 space, highlighting the importance of robust security measures to protect against such vulnerabilities.

Following its launch on August 9th, the Base network, which is backed by Coinbase, encountered losses across four distinct projects. This development positions the Base network alongside Ethereum and BNB Chain as one of the most targeted blockchain networks in terms of security incidents. 

The findings have been highlighted in the latest report from Immunefi, a Web3 bug bounty platform that focuses on identifying vulnerabilities and security weaknesses within the Web3 ecosystem. 

The report sheds light on the challenges faced by emerging blockchain networks and emphasizes the significance of robust security measures to mitigate potential risks and safeguard the ecosystem against exploits.

In terms of the frequency of attacks, Ethereum experienced the highest number of incidents, with a total of five reported across various protocols built on the network. BNB Chain and Base both encountered four incidents each. 

Notably, the exploits targeted specific projects on the Base network, including LeetSwap, SwirlLend, Magnate Finance, and RocketSwap. In combination, these three blockchain networks collectively contributed to 62% of the total losses observed across all chains during the month of August. 

The statistics underline the vulnerabilities faced by blockchain networks and underscore the significance of enhancing security measures to counteract potential breaches and safeguard the assets and interests of participants in the Web3 ecosystem.

During the assessed period, Optimism faced two incidents, which constituted approximately 9.5% of the overall losses incurred. On the other hand, single incidents were recorded for several other blockchain networks. 

Specifically, Arbitrum, Solana, Avalanche, Fantom, and Linea each experienced a single incident, collectively accounting for around 28.7% of the total losses observed within the Web3 ecosystem. These figures emphasize the diverse range of blockchain networks that encountered security challenges during this timeframe and underscore the importance of continuous efforts to bolster security measures across the broader Web3 landscape.

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