Bank Error in Whose Favor? A Case Study of Decentralized Finance Misgovernance

Ping Fan Ke, Ka Chung Ng

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Decentralized Finance (DeFi) emerged rapidly in recent years and provided open and transparent financial services to the public. Due to its popularity, it is not uncommon to see cybersecurity incidents in the DeFi landscape, yet the impact of such incidents is under-studied. In this paper, we examine two incidents in DeFi protocol that are mainly caused by misgovernance and mistake in the smart contract. By using the synthetic control method, we found that the incident in Alchemix did not have a significant effect on the total value locked (TVL) in the protocol, whereas the incident in Compound caused a 6.13% decrease in TVL. One factor that contributed to the difference in the result could be the incident response in social media platforms, and further study should investigate the possible moderating or mediating effects of public opinions and sentiment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICIS 2022 Proceedings
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
Publication statusPublished - 9 Nov 2022


  • DeFi
  • misgovernance
  • fat-finger error
  • total value locked
  • synthetic control
  • incident response


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