Antshares gained 400% in one week

Chinese blockchain platform received a "boom" growth
23 June 2017   1513

AntShares is a Chinese blockchain platform. It had big price spikes recently, now is at 9$.

Blockchain

Distributed database that is used to maintain a continuously growing list of records, called blocks

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This blockchain platform is not popular in the Western world now. It is due the fact that it is not targeted at western customers. It's about time to get familiar with this product.

What’s inside?

AntShares features:

  • It uses smart contract like Ethereum, but it is possible to held multiple classes asset in one chain.
  • Platform is Sino-centric.
  • It is focused on “digital asset registration,” and has successfully helped more than one firm.

Can AntShares become a Badu for Bitcoin's Google? Fact that AntShares is native for China and "knows" how to navigate in it's regulatory landscape can really help this platform to become successful. AntShares is far from Bitcoin and it can be it's plus too.

Local currencies and networks

The main factor of currencies' popularity is its social acceptability and social network effect. Facebook is not main social network in a lot of counties, for example, China and Russia have their own social networks. Facebook competes for users in this countries with local social networks.

Same with Bitcoin. Worldwide this currency is or not, Bitcoin is less popular in non english-speaking regions. It is much harder to learn about it in places like China. So, projects like AntShares have all chances to get its regional alcove. Same for Russia - instead of Bitcoin, russian users can get homegrown analogue. There are two variants, why AntShares received such a "boom" growth:

  1. Upcoming conference.
  2. Cryptocurrency enthusiasts are looking for other innovative projects which appear untapped.

If AntShares will become more widely used in China, it can get a many-fold value rise and at the moment we may be witnessing only the beginning.

Potentional Vulnerabilities Found in ETH 2.0

Least Authority have found potentional security issues in the network P2P interaction and block proposal system
26 March 2020   982

Technology security firm Least Authority, at the request of the Ethereum Foundation, conducted an audit of the Ethereum 2.0 specifications and identified several potential vulnerabilities at once.

Least Authority said that developers need to solve problems with vulnerabilities in the network layer of peer-to-peer (P2P) interaction, as well as in the block proposal system. At the same time, the auditor noted that the specifications are "very well thought out and competent."

However, at the moment there is no large ecosystem based on PoS and using sharding in the world, so it is impossible to accurately assess the prospects for system stability.
Also, information security experts emphasized that the specifications did not pay enough attention to the description of the P2P network level and the system of records about Ethereum nodes. Vulnerability risks are also observed in the block proposal system and the messaging system between nodes.

Experts said that in the blockchains running on PoS, the choice of a new block is simple and no one can predict who will get the new block. In PoS systems, it is the block proposal system that decides whose block will fall into the blockchain, and this leads to the risk of data leakage. To solve the problem, auditors suggested using the mechanism of "Single Secret Leader Election" (SSLE).

As for the peer-to-peer exchange system, there is a danger of spam. There is no centralized node in the system that would evaluate the actions of other nodes, so a “malicious" node can spam the entire network with various messages without any special punishment. The solution to this problem may be to use special protocols for exchanging messages between nodes.