Ethereum Co-Founder to Leave Decentral CEO Chair

Anthony Di Iorio will remain the chairman of the board of directors of the company which cut the half of its staff
04 September 2019   1344

The crypto industry veteran and billionaire Anthony Di Iorio left the post of head of Decentral, one of the main products of which is the popular multi-currency wallet Jaxx. It is reported by CoinDesk.

Di Iorio will continue to address key financial issues, remaining the chairman of the board of directors of the company. However, the new CEO will be Maggie Xu, who previously held the position of product manager for Decentral.

According to Di Iorio, in 2018 the number of crypto-wallet users reached 1 million. Also, thanks to integration with the ShapeShift platform, Jaxx users carried out exchange operations worth more than $ 2 billion a month.

Then the company planned to enter into a partnership with many service providers, landing companies and exchanges. However, these plans were hindered by the bear market, which reduced the commission income from exchange operations through ShapeShift, which were the company's main source of income. Decentral had to cut nearly half the staff, leaving only 14 employees.

To date, the situation has improved slightly and the company plans to hire several developers. In addition, Decentral has partnered with several services, including GiftPay and Changelly.

According to Xu, in the next few months, the company plans to attract financing from strategic investors. She also added that the new version of the wallet - Jaxx Liberty - was downloaded 250 thousand times last year.

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   921

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.