The Downfall of Fantom Crypto

Fantom’s (FTM 8.60%) FTM token is seeing big sell-offs in today’s trading. The cryptocurrency was down roughly 16.5% over the previous 24-hour period as of 2:45 p.m. ET on Saturday. But before we dive into the downfall of Fantom, let’s talk about what Fantom is first.

What is Fantom Crypto?

Amid the fallen Bitcoin and crypto market, Fantom, a next-generation blockchain platform, still maintains in the intense limelight and outperforms other early-blockchain-based cryptocurrencies. 

Fantom is a fast and highly-scalable solution for dApps and blockchain-focused developers to robust their platforms with a secured consensus algorithm and capability of cross-platform integration.

Fantom (FTM) is a cryptocurrency and a native utility token that drives the Fantom Blockchain, and thus a Mainnet coin as an ERC-20 token for the Ethereum ecosystem and a BEP-20 token for the Binance ecosystem.  FTM token can be used for staking, On-Chain Governance, and platform fees in the Fantom network.

Fantom is a decentralized platform with no central authority that directs the network and grants complete rights to its users throughout the ecosystem. Therefore, the On-Chain Governance function is another key utility of the FTM token, empowering holders to propose and vote on platform advances.

Where is Fantom Crypto Now?

Nearly every non-stable coin token among the top-100 cryptocurrencies has seen substantial sell-offs over the past day, but FTM has been the cohort’s biggest loser across the stretch. In addition to sell-off momentum that’s affecting the crypto market at large, Fantom’s cryptocurrency appears to be losing ground because of the exploitation of a decentralized finance (DeFi) application that runs on its blockchain. 

With a multitude of economic and geopolitical risk factors making markets jittery, many investors have been selling out of cryptocurrencies and otherwise taking money off the table. Bearish momentum has shaped the crypto market at large over the past week of trading, and it’s not surprising to see tokens that have seen negative, coin-specific catalysts highlighted see especially large pullbacks. 

News emerged on April 28 that a hacker had stolen roughly $13.4 million from the Deus Finance trading application that runs on Fantom’s blockchain network, following up a $3 million theft that occurred in March. The Phantom blockchain has been built around enabling fast, low-cost transactions, and it has attracted some support as a potential rival to Ethereum, but it looks as if the recent exploits of Deus Finance are prompting security concerns. FTM token is now down roughly 34% over the past seven days of trading.

The Future of Fantom

Without more details on the Deus Finance hacks, it’s hard to know whether the exploits indicate weaknesses in the app specifically or if thefts were possible because of issues with the Fantom framework. However, it seems that some FTM whales are now leaning toward the latter scenario, and the cryptocurrency could see more big sell-offs if weaknesses in the underlying blockchain are confirmed or otherwise become more broadly suspected. After recent sell-offs, Fantom now has a market capitalization of roughly $1.9 billion and it ranks as the 50th-largest overall cryptocurrency by valuation.