Ripple Donates $29 Million To Fund All 35,000 DonorsChoose Classroom Projects

  • Ripple donated $29 Million to DonorsChoose.com in its XRP token
  • The donation crashed the non-profit's website and funded its 35,000 ongoing campaigns

Cryptocurrencies are too often branded with negative press; rendering them synonymous with terms like "dark web." With the likes of Ripple, it's a stereotype that it seemingly doesn't deserve as the company keeps taking steps towards its goals.

Since its formation in 2012, Ripple has had a special interest in championing the blockchain cause, recognizing its place and responsibility in creating what it refers to as an 'Internet of Value'. It's an ambition Ripple has, to provide a method of payment as fast as information is obtained via the internet.

Over the last few months cryptocurrencies have been undergoing a bearish trend, despite their lofty ambitions. Ripple's XRP hasn't been an exception to this trend; According to CNBC, it was one of the worst performers in the first quarter of 2018, as its value plunged about 74 percent alongside others on the market.

Internet and Education of Value

The Internet of Value would not be possible without the classrooms and teachers that inspire entrepreneurial spirit within students. In the US, the education system finds itself grossly underfunded in many instances.

This led to the creation of DonorsChoose.org, a platform that gives teachers a way to crowdfund any project they want to. From major field trips to extra school supplies, it's provided teachers with an avenue to obtain much-needed support. Projects like Ripple wouldn't be possible without teachers and an education that allowed individuals to aspire to achieve their aspirations and projects.

It's with this in mind that recently, Ripple has committed to donating over $29 million to numerous projects on the website, as an excited Stephen Colbert announced.

Through a blog post on its website, Ripple revealed the donation was made in its XRP token, though it's believed it was immediately converted to USD. DonorsChoose, through a blog post, also commented on the generous donation. It reads:

“Today marks the first time in 18 years where the total number of projects on our site reads ‘0.' Thanks to Ripple’s gift, over the next few weeks tens of thousands more boxes full of supplies will start arriving in classrooms across the country.”

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Ravencoin Vulnerability Allowed Attackers to Increase Total Supply by 1.5%

Attackers have exploited a vulnerability found in Ravencoin, an open-source fork of Bitcoin that launched in 2018, to generate extra RVN tokens “beyond the coinbase of 5000 RVN per block.”

According to a Medium post published by Ravencoin lead developer Tron Black, community members from the CryptoScope team reached out to the Ravencoin team with the findings. Both teams then worked together to stop the exploit from being leaked, and started “code review to detect, isolate, and fix the issue.” The post reads:

A community code submission caused a bug that has been exploited. Law enforcement has been notified and is working with us. The vulnerability does not allow the stealing of RVN or assets that you own and control, but the minting did create RVN that should not exist.

In total, the extra coins that were minted beyond Ravencoin’s total 21 billion supply are the equivalent of 44 days worth of mining, or about 1.5% of the RVN tokens that will ever exist. Black’s suggestion on the post was for the community to absorb the economic cost of the extra tokens, or to move the halving 44 days earlier.

He added the minted RVN tokens were moved to an exchange and traded, and as a result were mixed with other circulating RVN tokens. This means that trying to burn the tokens, even if with community backing, will “cause irreparable harm to innocent victims.”

The burden, Black added, is currently being shared across all RVN holders in proportion to their holdings in the form of inflation. The developer urged users to keep trading to a minimum until a fix is issued. Details on the vulnerability will not be revealed until the fix is implemented.

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