Tendermint Says Last Month’s Cosmos Vulnerability Exposed Security Loophole

The developers behind the Cosmos network released today a full disclosure of last month’s “critical security vulnerability” which reportedly enabled hackers to bypass certain penalties for misbehavior on the network. Zaki Manian, director at Tendermint Inc – the for-profit entity behind the core technology of the Cosmos network – detailed to Coindesk in an interview:…

Can Bitcoin’s Lightning Network Power Payments in a Japanese Bar?

news A bar in Japan is teaming up with a locally-based lightning startup to let customers pay for sparkling wine and soft drinks using the experimental payments network. For the month of June, the Japan-based lightning startup Nayuta will be partnering with Awabar Fukouka to trial the payment system in what they’re calling a “field…

Yes, You May Need a Blockchain

feature Balaji S. Srinivasan is the former CTO of Coinbase, a Board Partner at Andreessen Horowitz and a member of CoinDesk’s advisory board. The following article originally appeared in Consensus Magazine, distributed exclusively to attendees of CoinDesk’s Consensus 2019 event. There’s a certain kind of developer who states that blockchains are just terrible databases. As…

Florincoin – the 2014 Altcoin You Don’t Remember – Is Attracting Real Users

feature One of the most recognizable names in the crypto space (and perhaps even outside of it) is using one of the least recognizable blockchains. Overstock.com subsidiaries Medici Ventures and tZERO have been utilizing the FLO blockchain for some time in work aimed at re-organizing property rights. At one time, a video of the tZERO…

Privacy Crypto Monero Celebrates Its 5th Birthday

news One of the most popular cryptocurrencies for privacy protection, monero, celebrated five years of existence this week. Launched in April 2014, monero has, since its inception, been entirely crowdfunded. And in tune with this decentralized, grassroots structure, monero is almost entirely developed by volunteers. “Monero is very committed to its decentralized, grassroots structure meaning we…

Ethereum Core Developers Debate Benefits of More Frequent Hard Forks

news How often is too often to alter consensus? A group of ethereum’s veteran open-source developers discussed the subject in a bi-weekly meeting Friday, wherein they aired the possibility that system-wide upgrades, also called hard forks, to the software could be enacted as often as every three months. Wanting to “check the temperature,” the developer asking the…

MakerDAO to Increase Fees Above 10% in Bid to Stabilize DAI Stablecoin

news Investors who hold tokens in the programmatic lending protocol MakerDAO appear likely to approve a fifth fee increase that would further raise the cost of platform’s US dollar-backed stablecoin DAI. Since Monday, five different options have been presented to MakerDAO token holders, all of which suggested different possible increases to the platform’s “stability fee,” the most…