Mar 16, 2023

Acala

Introduction

Cross-chain bridges play an important role in the DeFi ecosystem by allowing seamless transfer of digital assets across different blockchain networks. Acala is one such cross-chain bridge that has been gaining traction in the DeFi space due its connection to the Polkadot network.  In this article, we will take a closer look at Acala, its security measures, supported chains, and the pros and cons of using the platform.

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About Bridge

Acala is a decentralized cross-chain bridge built on the Wormhole network. This allows you to transfer your assets using a safe tool that the Wormhole provides. The app enables seamless transfer of digital assets from one chain to another, providing users with greater liquidity and accessibility to a wider range of DeFi services.

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As the bridge uses the Wormhole network, it works by sending messages from the origin blockchain, which locks up transferred assets, to a target blockchain, where wrapped tokens are minted and given to the users who started the transaction. The whole operation is supervised by guardians, who work as an oracle component. Using the bridge is really easy, as you can see on the official video below.

The security of the bridge is managed by the Wormhole network, which uses a system of smart contracts, relayers and guardians. Despite the technology being considered one of the safest and trustable in the cross-chain bridges community, it has been already the target of a successful hack (Feb, 2022). The same applies to the Acala platform, which has also been successfully hacked (Aug, 2022). Wormhole has been audited multiple times and more audits are on the way. Acala itself has also been audited by multiple companies like Security Research Labs, SlowMist and Trail of Bits.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • User-friendly interface
  • Relies on a trustworthy network
  • Enables the transfer of assets and information in a trustless and decentralized manner

Cons

  • Currently only supports a limited number of chains
  • User assets are still vulnerable to smart contract exploits and malicious attacks

Tips from an Analyst

  • Diversify your assets
  • Keep informed about the platform's developments and updates
  • Store your assets in a secure wallet and never share your private keys with anyone

Personal opinion

As an analyst, it is important to take a non-biased approach and objectively evaluate different projects. With that being said, Acala is a promising cross-chain bridge that has gained attention in the DeFi space. Its integration with Polkadot and the ability to offer stablecoin services and decentralized finance applications sets it apart from other cross-chain bridges. However, as with any new project in the fast-paced crypto industry, it is important to keep an eye on its adoption and developments to determine its long-term viability. Ultimately, the success of Acala will depend on its ability to attract users, partners, and developers to its ecosystem.

Another important question is the security of the bridge. There have been many successful attacks on cross-chain bridges, even on the Wormhole network, which Acala uses. This type of attack can impact the trust that the public puts in these services. This might result in the bridge itself failing, because nobody will use a product that can’t guarantee your assets won’t be stolen. Hopefully, both platforms will work on their security and the bridge will be successful.

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Matěj Procházka

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