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What are Honeypots in Crypto?

And How Sushi Protects Users from them

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In the context of cryptocurrencies, a honeypot is a type of smart contract designed to entice unsuspecting users to send their tokens, only to trap them and prevent any withdrawals. These malicious contracts are crafted to appear as legitimate investment opportunities or trading pairs, attracting users with the promise of high returns or unique trading advantages. Once users deposit their tokens, the smart contract's code ensures that they cannot retrieve their funds, effectively stealing the tokens.

How Do Honeypots Appear on Decentralized Exchanges?

Decentralized exchanges (DEXs) allow users to trade various tokens through automated market maker (AMM) protocols. While these platforms strive to provide a secure and seamless trading experience, the decentralized nature of DEXs means that anyone can create and list new tokens. This openness can sometimes be exploited by malicious actors who create honeypot tokens.

Here’s how a honeypot can happen on a DEX:

  1. Creation of Malicious Token: A scammer creates a new token, which might has the same ticker as another token.
  2. Liquidity Pool Creation: The scammer adds liquidity for the token on the DEX, making it available for trading.
  3. Promotional Tactics: The token might be promoted through social media, forums, and even fake endorsements to attract traders.
  4. Trap Activation: When users buy the token, they can successfully trade it initially. However, when they attempt to sell or withdraw their tokens, the smart contract’s code prevents any outbound transactions, trapping the funds.

How Sushi Prevents Honeypots with GoPlus Security

To protect its users from falling victim to honeypots and other scams, SushiSwap has partnered with GoPlus Security to implement robust security measures. GoPlus Security provides a Token Security API that helps detect and prevent malicious activities. Here’s how this collaboration enhances security on SushiSwap:

  1. Token Security Analysis: Whenever a user imports a token that isn’t included in SushiSwap's default token list, the Token Security API is called. This API performs a comprehensive security analysis of the ERC20 token across various networks.
  2. Detection of Honeypots: The analysis includes checks for common honeypot characteristics. The API assesses whether the smart contract has any withdrawal restrictions or suspicious code that could prevent users from retrieving their funds.
  3. User Alerts: If the Token Security API detects any red flags, a warning popup is displayed to the user before they can interact with the token. This proactive alert system helps users make informed decisions and avoid potential scams.
  4. Continuous Monitoring: GoPlus Security continuously updates its security algorithms to stay ahead of new and evolving threats. This ensures that SushiSwap users are always protected against the latest forms of malicious activities.

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Conclusion

Honeypots represent a significant risk in the decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem, preying on unsuspecting users and their assets. SushiSwap’s integration with GoPlus Security’ Token Security API is a vital step in safeguarding its community from these malicious schemes. By providing real-time security analysis and alerts, SushiSwap ensures that its users can trade with confidence, knowing that they are protected from honeypots and other fraudulent activities. This partnership underscores SushiSwap's commitment to maintaining a secure and trustworthy trading environment for all its users.