Velodrome says team member stole $350,000 from the project's wallet

Quick Take

  • Velodrome announced Saturday that a team member—well-followed crypto sleuth Gabagool.eth—stole funds from the project.
  • The decentralized exchange saw $350,000 stolen from its wallet earlier in August.

Velodrome, a decentralized exchange (DEX), has identified a former team member as being the person responsible for a $350,000 theft that occurred earlier in August, the platform announced on Saturday.

The DEX platform said anonymous coder "Gabagool"—known for his Twitter handle Gabagool.eth—was responsible for the theft following an investigation. Velodrome reported in August a breach of one of its team wallets and stated that the attacker had drained $350,000 from the project.

Gabagool has built a following by being among a group of on-chain sleuths regularly exposing fraudulent activities by nefarious actors in the DeFi space. 

“The Velodrome team has severed our relationship with Gabagool and are working with legal counsel to determine the best next steps,” the DEX platform added in its announcement. Velodrome also assured users that the incident did not affect their funds.


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In an interview with The Block in August, when the hack occurred, Gabagool did state that the team was investigating the incident and that the targeted wallet held the team’s private salary funds.

The Block also contacted Gabagool for comments about Velodrome's accusations but has not received a response as of the time of publishing.

Velodrome is a successful implementation of the vested escrow ve (3,3) model pioneered by Yearn Finance creator Andre Cronje. The project is a fork of the Solidly DEX built by Cronje that was supposed to launch ve (3,3) on the Fantom network. The platform crossed $100 million in total value locked on the Optimism network in July. Optimism is an Ethereum Layer 2 network.

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Osato is a news reporter at The Block as part of the crypto ecosystems team that focuses on DAO governance, staking, blockchain layers, and DeFi. He was previously a news reporter at Cointelegraph. Based in Lagos, Nigeria, he enjoys crosswords, poker, and attempting to beat his Scrabble high score. Follow him on Twitter at @OsatoNomayo.