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Regulators around the world are increasingly looking to domesticate crypto, bringing it within the purview of existing financial laws, norms and frameworks.
This can legitimate the sector in the eyes of the public and boost adoption, but there is increasing tension over the decentralized merits of blockchain-based projects and their vulnerability to regulatory or governmental control and censorship – with decentralized finance (DeFi) and decentralized exchanges (DEXs) front and center.
Despite the widespread perception that lacking a centralized controller helps them evade oversight, there remains a particular area in which DApps and blockchain services are indeed almost glaringly vulnerable to gatekeepers and bad actors.
Many DeFi DApps use centralized cloud services for their user-facing front ends – the part of a