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Solana DEX Developer Arrested for Massive SC Attack



Solana Developer arrested

The Solana blockchain, one of the fastest and most scalable platforms in the crypto space, has been hit by a major security breach. A former security engineer, Shakeeb Ahmed, has been arrested for allegedly exploiting a smart contract bug on a decentralized exchange (DEX) running on Solana and stealing $9 million worth of crypto. 

This is the first criminal case involving a smart contract attack in the history of DeFi.

Security Engineer Arrested

According to the prosecutors, Ahmed used flash loans to manipulate the DEX’s fee mechanism and generate inflated rewards for himself. He then withdrew the funds and tried to launder them through various crypto exchanges and blockchains. 

However, he was not careful enough to hide his identity and transactions, leading to his arrest in New York on July 11, 2023.

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Damian Williams, made history by bringing the first criminal case against a smart contract attack on a decentralized exchange (DEX). The defendant, Ahmed, faces charges of wire fraud and money laundering for his role in the July 2022 incident.

Solana Developer arrested

According to the indictment, Ahmed exploited a flaw in the DEX’s smart contracts to create artificial fees with flash loans, which he then siphoned off and concealed through a series of intricate transactions on the blockchain.

He exchanged different cryptocurrencies, moved across various crypto blockchains, and used foreign crypto exchanges to evade detection. However, he left traces of his activity, leading to his capture.

This case is a landmark for the legal and regulatory aspects of DeFi, as it sets a precedent for how smart contract exploits can be prosecuted and punished. It also exposes the potential risks and vulnerabilities of DeFi platforms, especially those that rely on complex and untested code. 

The Solana DEX case serves as a warning for both developers and users to be more vigilant and cautious when dealing with smart contracts and DeFi protocols.