It is no secret that top altcoins like Ripple, Ethereum, and Litecoin are the envy of most crypto projects simply because they are able to attract a large number of investors thanks to their popularity. Just ask any crypto investor and they will reveal that the small altcoins on CoinMarketCap’s top 100 lists are a huge risk to invest in. Mostly they are either full-out scams or just lower-tier Blockchain projects. However, in an attempt to avoid throwing the baby out with the bathwater, there are certainly hidden gems among altcoins that are otherwise overlooked. One such altcoin is Digibyte (DGB).
Digibyte has been a silent riser for quite some time. Since the time it was officially launched in 2014, the altcoin has managed to build a reputation as one of the fastest and most secure UTXO Blockchains, built on its own Blockchain network (unlike most altcoins that are forked from Bitcoin). In fact, in terms of decentralization, security and long-term potential, Digibyte stacks up so well against Bitcoin and other heavy hitters of the crypto space.
Digibyte’s Blockchain Vs Bitcoin
For instance, where Bitcoin’s average block time takes up to 10 minutes, Digibyte delivers more speed at 15 seconds. Scalability is also not a problem for Digibyte as it can comfortably handle 560 transactions every second where Bitcoin taps out at about 7 TPS. By 2035 the Digibyte team plan to have 21 billion coins mined meaning it’s a much better payment option thanks to over 100,000 nodes that currently manage transitions on its network.
It gets even better when it comes to mining and security on the Digibyte’s network. Recently there have been reports of 51% attacks on Verge XVG coin. A 51 percent attack is basically a situation whereby a hacker, with enough computing power, is able to control a Blockchain network by either reducing the difficulty level of mining and managing to mine coins from the network at the lowest difficulty or shutting down the entire network completely. These recent events on Verge XVG, have led to rising concerns among cryptocurrency enthusiasts with most altcoins being scrutinized for their level of security.
How DGB’ Blockchain measures up to other altcoins
According to Crypto51.app, it would take you less than $10 worth of hashing power to attack cryptocurrencies like Orbitcoin, WorldCoin, Quark. It gets even worse knowing that these cryptocurrencies are worth millions in terms of market capitalization. Simply put, a hacker is incentivized to launch an attack.
Once again, this is where Digibyte shines as it has an adaptive difficulty adjustment set to change in real time as opposed to Bitcoins 2 week delay. Additionally, Digibyte uses five separate mining algorithms that are weighted equally with individual difficulty adjustment. Digibyte also boasts of being a pioneer of this technology and calls it the Multishield.
For a hacker to be able to attack Digibyte’s Blockchain network, they would need to control 93% of each of the mining algorithms and also take up 51% control of the entire network. This is not only difficult for a hacker to execute, but also quite costly in terms of hashing power. Ultimately Digibyte makes it very difficult for an attack to occur on its Blockchain.
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The new price surge that surrounded almost the entire crypto market brought quite a pleasant surprise for XRP holders, as Ripple grew in price by over 8% in the last 24 hours. In fact, XRP managed to achieve a price surge equal to that of Ethereum as of this morning.
While the third largest cryptocurrency is still quite behind ETH when it comes to market cap, many believe that it is only a matter of time before XRP regains its former glory. With that being said, a lot of people are still more than pleased with seeing Ripple climbing back to more stable levels, especially after a big price drop that hit the coin last week.
The new hike up allowed XRP to climb back to $0.446322. While this is still low when compared to its highest point in the last week ($0.52), the coin still seems to be well on its way to recovery. In fact, many believe that XRP has found a new bottom, one that is significantly higher than the last one. Most of this new success can be traced back to a price surge that Ripple has had recently when it even managed to briefly overthrow Ethereum as the second largest coin by market cap.
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For a long time now, the so-called stablecoin, Tether (USDT) has been a topic of discussion within the crypto community.
Tether, as a stablecoin, is said to be fully backed by the USD. This allowed it to be one of only a handful of cryptos that can avoid volatility issues, due to the fact that it is backed by a stable fiat currency. However, for as long as it was around, Tether was very secretive of its bank accounts and funds in general.
While claiming to have the ability to back each of its USDT coins, many have questioned whether or not this can be true. At the time of writing (October 16, 2018), Tether has released 2,256,421,736 USDT in circulation. This means that it needs to have at least $2,256,421,736 in order to cover its circulating supply.
At this point, three questions emerge, and answering them could very well change the future of this stablecoin. The questions are as follows:
- Are all USDT coins fully backed?
- If yes, then where did that much money come from?
- If not, what will happen when the market discovers the lie?
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Despite all its recent progress, cryptocurrencies still do not inspire trust in a lot of people. Many view them as unsafe money, with its very nature being doubtful. However, a recent report by the Polish Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Nuclear Physics shows that situation regarding cryptocurrencies may not be as bad as it seems. In fact, the report claims that Bitcoin might even be a better currency than it looks like.
Bitcoin vs traditional money
Bitcoin, as many are already aware of, is the first cryptocurrency. It was created a decade ago and was officially launched in 2009. But, even though it has been around for around 9 years at this point, it is still largely mistrusted by a lot of investors, especially when it comes to large institutions.
However, thanks to the Cracow-based Institute of Nuclear Physics’ recent report, this common opinion might actually be wrong. The Institute has conducted a detailed statistical analysis of the BTC market and has published the results in a scientific journal called Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science.
Surprisingly enough, the report portraits Bitcoin in a very positive light.
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