The Etherecum Classic 51% attacker has allegedly returned the stolen $100,000 to the Gate.io cryptocurrency exchange according to the official blog post of the exchange and now we are reading more about this information in our ethereum news.
Gate.io noted in the official blog post that they tried to contact the attacker but didn’t get any response until now and claim to now know the real reason why the funds have been returned. The company stated:
“If the attacker didn’t run it for profit, he might be a white hacker who wanted to remind people the risks in blockchain consensus and hashing power security.”
A white hat hacker is someone who has a strong knowledge and hacking abilities that are used for good and not for personal gain. It is seen as ‘’friendly security specialist.’’
On January 9, the exchange published their analysis of the attack saying that about 54,000 ETC in total were transferred when the attack occurred. Other crypto exchanges such as Coinbase stated that the total sum of money that is involved in the deep chain reorganization is about $1.1 million worth of crypto.
Gate.io pointed out that the hashrate of the Ethereum Classic network is quite low but it is still possible to rent computing power for another 51 percent attack.
A deep chain reorganization in the ethereum classic blockchain was identified by Coinbase on January 5th and that’s when the company took stocks of a few double spends on the network.
Also the founder of Litecoin Charlie Lee, also declared that decentralized cryptocurrencies need to be susceptible to 51 percent attacks.
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“We know exactly in which block of Ethereum the document with a given hash is published. If we know the block number, we also know the timestamp [...] We know that the document was published some time ago and hasn’t been changed in that time [if the hash stored on the blockchain is identical to the hash calculated from the document], so we can prove it hasn’t been replaced on our servers.”Meanwhile, the best cryptocurrency news sites show that Alior has reportedly developed the blockchain solution in response to the changing regulations in Poland, where the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection in 2017 ruled that website pages do not constitute a "durable medium" necessary for issuing the customer documents. Then, the Polish bank came up with a blockchain solution that provides online documentation through a suitably durable medium. The management at Alior also said that it is the first bank to use a public (as opposed to a private) blockchain for its customer service. The blockchain strategy lead, Tomasz Sienicki, was also featured in the altcoin news for stating:
“We want people to verify that we did everything right and we don’t conceal anything. If we say the documents are actually verified and authentic, everybody can check it and confirm [...] That’s not possible using a private blockchain.”All of this proves that the Ethereum blockchain is still in demand as one of the most popular solutions out there. On another note, it proves that the Polish bank Alior is keeping up to date with new technologies and knows how to implement them.
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“Participants in prediction marketplaces allocate capital to speculate on future events in general. One area of intense interest is which smart contract platform will predominate because, being networks ecosystems, their value will follow a power law (i.e. winner-take-all) distribution. There are many differing opinions about which platform will succeed, as well as how success can be quantified.”The reports in the latest cryptocurrency news explain how smart contracts can be helpful for these tech giants and how Google’s services can be used in these tech giants. Google Cloud Services will apply hybrid applications will be built on the cloud infrastructure using the blockchain technology. While Google has yet to follow the path of Telegram and Facebook and announce some broader blockchain integration, they do however understand the importance of helping companies who need the blockchain. The mainstream service providers that offer blockchain services is the best way to mass crypto adoption. When the smaller companies find out that they have easy access to blockchain services, they are most likely to consider the technology and integrate some form of the decentralized ledger technology.
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“So the idea here is try and launch the deposit contract ahead of the target genesis [block], so that we allow time for validators to make deposits. And then one idea here is to basically do a deposit contract ceremony at Devcon. One of the reasons to have this very public ceremony is so that we can all agree on the exact address of the deposit contract and avoid scam deposit contracts.”The Ethereum foundation researcher also explained how activating Ethereum’s ETH 2.0 genesis block on January 3rd could avoid the holiday months during the winter and could be perfect timing with the 11th anniversary of the Bitcoin genesis block network. Previously this month, the tech giant Microsoft released VeriSol which is an open-source smart contract verification tool for Ethereum to the Microsoft Azure computing platform’s cloud. Ethereum also saw its daily gas usage record getting broken by the end of May. Moreover, ETH 2.0 testnets are starting to materialize as well which gives the builders the opportunity to get familiarized with the Ethereum future.
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