Ethereum to Bitcoin atomic swap completed

Altcoin Exchange performed first atomic swap between Ethereum and Bitcoin
09 October

Altcoin Exchange announced the completion of the first atomic transaction (swap) between Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Altcoin Exchange exchanged 0.12345 ETH for 0.12345 BTC as part of an open source online process.

As reported by the Bitcoin. com, the CEO of the exchange, Andrew Gazdetski, announced his intention to create a repository on GitHub on Tuesday. He is convinced that the future of cryptotrading behind decentralized platforms, and atomic swaps are an integral component of this business model. In general, Gazdetski is confident that atomic swaps will replace traditional exchange transactions because they are safer and not inferior to them in speed.

Since June of 2011, 26 exchanges have been compromised, resulting in the loss of millions of dollars worth of coins. To prevent more of these types of hacks, decentralized exchanges are needed, and atomic swaps bring us one step closer to achieving this goal. What makes the technology behind Atomic Swaps so exciting is it allows for nearly instant direct trades between cryptocurrencies. We believe this to be a critical component for creating a truly decentralized exchange that executes transactions at the same speed in which centralized exchanges are able to but without the risk of hacking and theft.

Andrew Gazdetski
CEO, Altcoin Exchange

Also, developers highly appreciated the contribution of the Decred team and the founder of Litecoin, Charlie Lee, to the development of this technology.

Ethereum network is still unstable

Byzantium had executed on Monday, but developers aren't ready to call the software transition complete
18 October

Organizations and developers are better off refraining from launching large projects until the Ethereum network is fully stable after the recent Byzantium update. This is said by the Gavin Wood, Parity Technologies head and reported by the Coindesk.

Since new versions of the software were released just days before the fork, much of the network has not yet been updated. So, at the time of press, slightly more than 25% of Parity customers updated, in Geth this indicator is slightly higher - about 59%. So, in total, the update was made about 45% of the network.

Another aspect that should also be taken into account is the short time for testing. In particular, the developers recalled previous versions of the software, discovering critical errors that could make the network vulnerable to DoS attacks or lead to incompatibility between nodes and, as a consequence, network sharing.

Therefore, the question of how safe the network is at the moment is fully justified and, taking into account what has been said above, remains open. This is exactly what Gavin Wood warned, recommending at this stage to refrain from launching large-scale projects.

In addition to the nodes that have yet to update, there is also a possibility that in the current Byzantium software there may be bugs that endanger the security of the Ethereum network. The most dangerous among them is a bug of consensus, in which nodes can not communicate. Its result can be the separation of the block-man into several incompatible chains.

As far as is known, at the moment developers are conducting extensive tests, trying to detect such bugs before they are active. As Gavin Wood says, if the network does contain such a bug, it will take several days to prove itself.

I don't think anyone believed the network was going to self-combust on block 4,370,000.

Gavin Wood
Head, Parity Technologies

The head of Parity Technologies is also convinced that if problems are discovered, the Ethereum development team will quickly release new updates designed to prevent any harm to the platform.