Verge Crashes After Suffering Mining Attack

The attack was possible due to several bugs in the XVG code, which were exploited by mining blocks with a fake timestamp
05 April 2018   613

As it is stated on the official website of the coin, Verge is a cryptocurrency designed for people and for everyday use, which aims to fulfill its initial purpose of providing individuals and businesses with a fast, efficient and decentralized way of making direct transactions while maintaining your privacy. However, the hackers did not find Verge fast enough and decided to increase the speed of blocks creation by conducting a mining attack.

As it was reported on Bitcointalk forum, April 4 was marked by a >51% attack on XVG which exploited a bug in retargeting in the XVG code. The attack was possible due to several bugs in the XVG code, which were exploited by mining blocks with a spoofed timestamp. The false timestamp was set to the blocks, and XVG "thought" the last block mined was one second ago. Basically, the hacker managed to mine one block per second.

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The story did not finish on April 4, as on April 5 the attacker started again and mined about 12k blocks. The attacker started the new attack at around block 2014060 and stopped at block 2026196. According to the information from Bitcoin.com news, Verge claimed that around 250,000 XVG were stolen by the rogue miner, but dissenters have claimed that as many as 3.9 million coins may have been taken.

As of now, the price of Verge feel down 14,57% and continues to decrease. The market capitalization of the coin dropped from $1 billion to $845 million just in 24 hours.

Change.org to Mine for Charity

According to the calculations, if 10k computers will run the minning screensaver for 12 hours a day, the charity fund will receive $10k monthly
18 July 2018   97

Social platform for petitions Change.org announced the launch of a screensaver that mines Monero on users' computers. All tokens will be transferred to the charity fund of Change.org. This is reported by Coindesk.

This initiative was launched in partnership with the marketing agency Tracelocke Brazil.

Representatives of Change.org report that the screensaver will consume resources only when users do not use the computer. According to their calculations, if 10 thousand computers will run the screensaver for 12 hours a day, the charity fund will be transferred $ 10 thousand monthly.

At the moment the program is available only for Windows users and the platform did not report on the release plans for the version for macOS.

Note that at the end of April, a similar action was launched by the Australian unit of the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund; (UNICEF). The website "Page of Hope" mines Monero cryptocurrency.