New Ethereum Vulnerability Unveiled

Potential attacker could not only deprive the “hot wallet” of some exchange of substantial funds but also enrich themselves.
22 November 2018   421

The supplier of dApp-solutions Level K revealed the details of the vulnerability in the Ethereum network, which was reported on 9 November.

The developers talked about the attack called “vector for griefing”, which exploited the possibility of random calculations using the address to which Ethereum coins were sent.

The attack could be capitalized through the minting of GasToken tokens, tied to the cost of gas in the Ethereum network, due to random calculations when receiving ETH to your address, and the initiator of the transaction would have to pay for these actions. As a result, the exchanges that did not implement such precautions as gas limits were threatened.

At the same time, the vulnerability concerned not only Ethereum, but also ERC-20 and ERC-721 tokens. Thus, a potential attacker could not only deprive the “hot wallet” of some exchange of substantial funds by burning gas, but also enrich themselves.

At the moment, all trading platforms that have received notifications from Level K have implemented appropriate security measures.

AION to Unveil Future Plans

Foundation sold half the BTC and ETH, and it did it very well - at the beginning of this year
06 December 2018   154

The Aion Foundation, which is responsible for the development of the protocol of the same name and collected $ 23 million in Bitcoin and Ethereum on ICO in October last year, published a report in which it shared information about its financial operations. The report was prepared with the support of Deloitte, however, it cannot formally be considered an audit.

According to the Aion Foundation CEO Matthew Spoke, the foundation sold half the BTC and ETH, and it did it very well - at the beginning of this year. Having spent $ 10 million on launching its blockchain platform and opening offices in Canada, China and Barbados, the fund had assets of $ 14 million as of October 31 of this year, $ 5.8 million of which was placed in Fiat.

We’ve liquidated a decent amount of our bitcoin and eth that we raised as proceeds to make sure that we are stable in this type of period. As we continue to spend in our operations we’ll end up liquidating more bitcoin and eth over the course of the next few months.
 

Matt Spoke

CEO, Aion Foundation

The Aion protocol has already attracted active users, including the video game start-up ClanPlay, but Spoke claims that his company will continue to rely on hard currency.

The foundation has roughly 18 months of runway, Spock estimates, while developing his system to a level at which it can compete with centralized counterparts, such as Amazon Web Services, will take about five years. Aion expects to launch its first Java-based virtual  machine, thanks to which developers can use decentralized tools, by the second quarter of next year.

Spoke suggests that at this time his company will have to attract additional funding from cryptocurrency funds and accredited investors in exchange for their own tokens. His goal is to prevent the reduction of the team, which currently includes 61 people, and the operation of the Ethereum model of ConsenSys, a company sponsoring projects in its own ecosystem.

In the future, Aion intends to publish such reports on a quarterly basis and transfer data to the Messari network in order to increase the confidence of its tokens holders.