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TRON (TRX) Blockchain Threatened by a Lone PC

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TRON (TRX) has been one of the most innovative and modern projects in the entire crypto/blockchain space, and as such, it received a lot of praise during the past year. However, according to new data delivered by HackerOne, it appears that the network is not as flawless as it first appeared. In fact, the entire network could have been crashed by a single PC.

Bytecode attack that could have crashed the entire network

Since it was discovered, the vulnerability was dubbed the ‘bytecode’ attack. Simply put, this method requires the use of a large piece of bytecode that has the potential to consume TORN network’s resources, and potentially even completely shut it down, thus making it unable to process transactions or smart contracts.

The report claims that a single request to submit a post with a several megabytes-large bytecode, in addition to the CPU-intensive long parsing might have consumed the CPU for 10 minutes, while still holding the bytecode in a heap. The method could have easily led to a DDoS attack.

The TRON Foundation allegedly knew that there is some sort of a vulnerability, which is why they paid $1,500 to security researchers, tasking them to find it. At this point, the flaw appears to be resolved. However, the revelation remains shocking, especially for those involved with the cryptocurrency.

The issue was seemingly first reported around January 13th of this year, but TRON did not reveal it to the public until less than a week ago, on May 2nd. The Foundation used this span of a few short months to patch the bug, most likely with TRON’s latest version, issued about a month ago, on April 9th.

The report of the bug stresses the fact that a single computer could have caused a DDoS attack that would affect at least 51% of the network’s nodes. At worst, all of them would have crashed, thus making the network unavailable for an unknown period.

The blockchain-crashing bug worth only $1,500

So far, the TRON Foundation has not issued an official report of the matter, despite its severity and a massive impact on everyone involved. Of course, TRON is known for using platforms like HackerOne for hunting bugs, and many other crypto projects are doing the same. So far, it is estimated that various projects have paid around $878,000 to white hat hackers who managed to locate serious flaws that might damage different projects.

While $1,500 is a considerable amount, many believe it to be quite small, considering the size and severity of the flaw. If it were discovered by an unfriendly entity, it could have completely crashed one of the most popular and fastest-advancing blockchains in the industry. Estimates claim that the TRON network currently has the value of around $1.6 billion, while the project sees a daily trading volume of around half that amount.

While TRON’s price has not been a top performer in the recent period, it would have likely gone down considerably if the vulnerability was discovered by hostile entities. Not to mention other consequences, such as getting delisted on exchanges, or damaging the total market cap and reputation of the rest of the crypto space.

However, it should be noted that the flaw would not let anyone steal TRX coins, and the only way for hackers to profit from it would be from shorting after the network had crashed. Even that would be difficult, as not a lot of exchanges offer margin trading for altcoins. In other words, the only way to make a profit from the bug was to report it and get the $1,500 reward.

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KaratGold Proves Its Business Model By Providing Official Documents

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There has been a lot of renewed enthusiasm in the cryptocurrency market thanks mainly to Bitcoin’s strong move about 10,000.  Although Bitcoin continues to show its dominance, the altcoin market has yet to benefit from that rally.  A few of the largest altcoins remain popular but the rest of the market continues to lag behind.  In 2018, there was a lot of talk regarding a possible altcoin apocalypse where only the strong would survive.  That prediction appears to be playing out as expected.  Going forward, only the best projects that have a real world need will survive.  Crypto traders will have to spend a lot of their time doing proper research in order to find the best opportunities, just like in all financial markets.  One promising project that appears to have the makings of a future winner is KaratGold Coin.

KaratGold Background

KaratGold Coin is a cryptocurrency developed by the reputable German company Karatbars International, which maintains a leading position in the market of small gold items and investments. The project is part of a larger ecosystem, which involves several blockchain solutions that can be used for transactions, communication, investing and other tasks. During the past few weeks, however, the KaratGold ecosystem has been a target of unsavory scam allegations.  

Karatbars International and GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation…

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ICTE May Bring About Sweeping Changes for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

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Cryptocurrency has taken the world by storm during the last few years. An entirely new financial market was created almost overnight which has captured the imagination of all its participants. Cryptocurrency is even starting to attract institutional money from investment banks, hedge funds, and other proprietary trading firms. Despite the rapid growth, traders remain extremely frustrated by having to deal with the fragmented nature of centralized crypto exchanges.

A Change is Needed

When cryptocurrency first began, there weren’t many participants and the trading volume was relatively insignificant. But, over time, that has radically changed. Some tokens now have a capitalization in the billions and are being traded 24-7 by institutions all over the world. Despite the volume, significant problems exist with the current way that exchanges work. Some of those problems include the following:

  • Constant fear of hackers
  • Exchange manipulation
  • Fragmented liquidity
  • Risk of identity theft

One of the biggest issues regarding centralized exchanges is the risk of being hacked. These hack stories seem to always be circulating around the internet. While experienced traders may have the tools to avoid becoming a victim, potential new traders have zero interest in dealing with this. And it’s not just the small exchanges that are at risk. Even large exchanges, such as Mt. Gox and Binance, are subject to being hacked.

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SonicX and Dash Could Challenge Facebook’s Libra for Global Payments Market Share

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When Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled Bitcoin to the world, the dream was always for Bitcoin to serve as a new universal currency.  It would be free from the bureaucracy of governments.  And free from the tyranny of the old-world financial cartels.  Although the dream hasn’t yet materialized, it comes closer and closer with each passing day.

One of the biggest roadblocks for Bitcoin has been scalability.  At a speed of approximately 7 transactions per second, Bitcoin lags behind other cryptocurrencies like Ripple and global payment processors like Visa.  Many expect the lightning network to have a positive impact on Bitcoin’s TPS but until that comes to fruition, mass adoption will likely need another significant development.

Libra Currency Announcement

One development that could help pave the way toward mass adoption is the launch of the Libra currency.  Libra is expected to go live during the first half of 2020 according to Facebook’s June announcement.  According to Facebook, Libra will make sending money online cheaper and faster.  It will also have a hand in improving access to financial services, especially for the unbanked.  Given Facebook’s global reach, including many third world countries, providing financial access to the unbanked could provide a huge spark to global economies.  Additionally, it could provide the growth spark that cryptocurrency needs.

Facebook’s most popular messenger, WhatsApp, has approximately 1.5 billion monthly users.  This application is…

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