Baidu to to Ban Crypto Discussions on Its Forum

At the moment, the "digital currency" and "virtual currency" sub-forums are unavailable
27 August 2018   915

The Chinese search giant Baidu, following Tencent, decided to distance itself from the crypto-currency topic by starting to censor and ban topics about the cryptocurrencies on the Baidu Tieba platform. This is reported by the China Times.

Currently, the company has toughened its scrutiny over digital currency and will not allow sub-forums under this theme, based on relevant rules and regulations.

China Times' Source

Currently, the sub-forums "Digital currencies" and "Virtual currencies" are not available, and attempts to search for these keywords lead to the message "This forum is temporarily closed due to non-compliance with existing regulations."

He also noted that these sub-forums were blocked due to the dissemination of information on ICO and speculation by cryptocurrencies.

It is noteworthy that many other sub-forums about cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and others remain available.

The Baidu Tieba platform was launched in 2003 and, according to the company, at the moment its monthly audience reaches 300 million active users.

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   1011

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.