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Verge (XVG): The case of copying ‘hack fix code’ and staying dishonest

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Verge (XVG), an age-old currency in cryptocurrency time, seems to be a darling to controversy and headlines. From announcing blown up big bombs news of their partnership with Pornhub to the more recent headlines of copying hack fix codes and denying it, the cryptocurrency seems to be creating a space for itself in the market.

The secure incognito virtual currency that uses multiple anonymity-centric networks that utilize open source protocols based throughout the world has been a victim of two protocol hacks in a span of two months with the latest one being last week.

It took Verge developers about three days to bring the situation under control and fix the problem, which some critics say hasn’t been fixed at full, leaving the platform vulnerable for another attack through it might be harder to perform.

Like that wasn’t enough bad news for them, new information emerged claiming the ‘fix’ was copy pasted from an obscure digital currency that launched in November 2017. How does the Verge team react to this news? They try to spin the story and give conflicting information to look like they were the victims of this cyber-robbery.

Records from Github show SHIELDcoin, who claim to be the original owners of the code had implemented the ‘fix’ code around a month ago while Verge records show they did so about three days ago.

It’s not uncommon for programmers and developers reusing others’ codes for their benefit, in fact, copying open-source codes that are not protected by patent rights is legal and morally acceptable. Nevertheless, lying about it and claiming ownership of the code is just intellectually corrupt and morally wrong.

Verge forgot to fix the difficulty calculating code and thought changing the block time was enough. This backfired on them. It is also worth noting that Verge (XVG) developers are alleged to have copied Bitcoins code in creating their platform.

XVG is evidently a fork of a fork with the above two alleged plagiarism being the third time the developers ‘just copy pasted’ other people’s codes to suit their convenience. They still stand on their ground that ‘hack fix code’ might have been their first time to copy paste.

Now, they are working round the clock to come up with an entirely new codebase seemingly because they hardly knew how the current codebase operates, and apparently because they have now learned how to code rather than just plagiarizing other people’s work. Verge development team is not heading to any pressure to accept their offense; they claim it’s the later who copied from them.

More interestingly, it seems Verge (XVG) fans do not care about these allegations as they chose to continue preferring this digital currency in their online transactions refusing to burg under the pressure of the media.

To be considered a ‘serious’ cryptocurrency in the market, a crypto must be good at not only knowing how exchanges work and how mining pools work, but you must also know deep understanding of cryptography, platforms, economics, hardware and many other factors. Anything less from this paint a shaky image on your currency for investors to have confidence. So, it’d be better for Verge (XVG) team to be more transparent and put-in the ‘real’ efforts.

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Investors Beware: Another Large Bitcoin Crash Might Be Coming

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The crypto prices have surged quite high in the last few months. Of course, their progress is nowhere near the one seen in 2017, but they appear to be getting there, one day at the time. However, things might not be as simple as that, and according to recent performance — it is more than possible that a major Bitcoin crash is incoming.

The fact is that cryptos saw a massive amount of growth in a very short period. Bitcoin itself more than doubled its price in only two months. Now, the rally is starting to crash in on itself, and the coin is already about $1,000 lower than last week. If such development does come to pass, a lot of people will experience quite large losses, although experienced investors might find some opportunities, and leverage in order to enhance their holdings’ long-term value.

For example, Bitcoin dominance is expected to crash very quickly, which will work in favor of quite a lot of altcoins. While this does not seem to be the best time to invest in BTC, altcoins are another story, and diversifying a portfolio now might end up being very profitable in days to come.

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Top 3 Coins to Buy Before They Go Big

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Crypto bulls are back, that much is clear. The long-lasting, harsh crypto winter is gone, and the new era in digital currency sector opens up some rather interesting opportunities. With many more bull runs expected to come in months ahead, a lot of coins are likely to blow up and maybe even hit new all-time highs, although that still remains purely theoretical.

On the other hand, the fact is that numerous coins are seeing prices that were not achieved since early 2018, and the overall momentum remains bullish. With that in mind, even if new records do not come for a very long time — chances are that many of the coins will blow up enough for investors to see some serious gains in months to come. As a result, investing in some of these coins now might be a very profitable decision, for those who have the patience to wait a few months. Here are some of the projects believed to have the greatest potential to go big in the second half of 2019 and beyond.

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Can Crypto Credit Cards Disrupt the Fight Against Financial Crime?

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It is commonly known that the world of finances has the biggest problem with the crime of all existing industries around the world. It has been so throughout history. While the financial world has evolved, so did the criminal activities, and they continue to be an issue. With the arrival of cryptocurrencies, many were hoping that financial crime might be disrupted. However, for now, at least, it appears that cryptos themselves cannot find a way to resolve issues such as international money laundering.

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