Samourai Wallet: SegWit2x is an attack on the network

Another Bitcoin-related company expressed its position regrading upcoming SegWit2x
18 October 2017   1130

Samourai Wallet team said that the SegWit2x is a controversial and unnecessary change in the current rules of the network and it is the attempt of a small group of players to take control over the development of the open code of bitcoin. This is stated in the official blog of the company.

As noted in the statement, Samourai Wallet supports the development of open source code by the Bitcoin Core team, which, according to company representatives, timely introduces all the necessary updates. In this regard, the service will support the longest chain of blocks, compatible with Bitcoin Core 0.15 nodes.

The S2X hard fork is particularly troubling as the development team have NOT added an important safeguard known as ‘replay protection’ to their software. Without replay protection any transaction sent on either of the chains may also be sent on the other chain (‘replayed’), leading to the high potential of users losing funds. Because of the willful insistence by the developer(s) to not add replay protection, we are classifying this hard fork as an attack on the network.
 

Samourai Wallet team

In this regard, the service will offer additional measures to protect against repetitive playback in the case of hard-core.

It is also stressed that Samourai Wallet will not provide users with access to the equivalent number of S2X tokens, and will offer to convert them to BTC at the market price.

US Authorities to Pop BTC Buble, - Giancarlo

According to the former head of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the launch of the Bitcoin futures at CME popped the BTC price bubble
23 October 2019   31

Former head of the CFTC, Christopher Giancarlo made a sensational admission, saying that the launch of the Bitcoin futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME Group) was a deliberate action by the Donald Trump administration, designed to burst the cryptocurrency market that had formed by then.

One of the untold stories of the past few years is that the CFTC, the Treasury, the SEC and the [National Economic Council] director at the time, Gary Cohn, believed that the launch of bitcoin futures would have the impact of popping the bitcoin bubble. And it worked.
 

Christopher Giancarlo

Ex-head, CFTC

Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Bitcoin Futures was launched on December 18, 2017. The day before, the price of bitcoin reached its historical maximum in the region of $ 20,000, but over the next months it went down sharply.

On Monday, Giancarlo also spoke at the Pantera Summit in San Francisco, where he stated that the rapid rise in bitcoin prices observed at the end of 2017 marked the formation of the first major bubble after the 2008 financial crisis.

We saw a bubble building and we thought the best way to address it was to allow the market to interact with it.
 

Christopher Giancarlo

Ex-head, CFTC

Giancarlo also believes that the Bitcoin bubble cannot be considered in isolation from the 2008 financial crisis.

Coming out of the 2008 financial crisis, the legit criticism of regulators was along the lines of: Where were they during the expansion of the real estate mortgage bubble, and why didn’t they take steps to pop that bubble when they could have?
 

Christopher Giancarlo

Ex-head, CFTC

According to him, the lessons of history forced regulators to act quickly,

I believe it shows the power of markets to bring discipline to pricess.
 

Christopher Giancarlo

Ex-head, CFTC

Christopher Giancarlo resigned as CFTC chairman in April this year. Earlier this week, current department head Heath Tarbert said that regulated futures for Ethereum will also appear within six months or a year. He also does not rule out the launch of derivatives on other cryptocurrencies.