Bitcoin Cash Developer Liquidates Address of Attacker Who Exploited BCH Bug

Calin Culianu, a Bitcoin Cash developer who works on the Electron Cash wallet, has recently fired back against the hackers who exploited a bug in the Bitcoin Cash blockchain to get miners to find empty blocks right after its scheduled May 15 hard fork.

Speaking to CoinSpice, Culianu revealed that right after he saw the attack was occurring and that the BCH blockchain wasn’t processing transactions, he “panicked” and “thought it was the end of the world.”

Right after Bitcoin ABC developers deployed a patch that fixed the bug and things got back to normal, he claims to have realized it was possible to get back at the attackers. As such, he got together with other developers to collect information, and soon realized the attackers “didn’t use crypto keys to secure their funds.”

After digging through block explorers to figure out the attackers’ addresses, the developers claim to have been able to collect over 1.2 BCH (around $470) from the attackers in over 3,000 transactions. The funds, he claims, will be split with his “accomplices.”

To liquidate the attackers’ addresses, Culianu explained he remembers seeing they made “some funny transactions” to trigger the bug. After looking at data from these transactions, he told the news outlet some patterns “specify how to spend it.” Referring to these patterns, he said:

It’s Bitcoin Op Code, which lacks a signature … some garbage they used to attack the BCH network. Anyone can make one of those because it’s not cryptographically secure, and then redeem all their funds.

On Reddit, he bragged about his accomplishment, and received various tips from the cryptocurrency’s community for managing to get back at the attacker. Culianu noted that he believes there are other BCH wallets he didn’t get to without cryptographic keys guarding them, and estimates nearly 3 BCH ($1,200) are still up for grabs.

Electric Capital: 'Monetary and Fiscal Stimulus Is Hastening' Crypto Adoption

  • Early stage crypto venture firm Electric Capital says government monetary and fiscal policies are expediting mainstream adoption for cryptocurrency. 
  • The firm highlighted a long term erosion in trust for fiat currencies coinciding with an increase in trust for cryptographic processes. 

Early stage crypto venture firm Electric Capital claims that recent monetary and fiscal stimulus has hastened bitcoin’s adoption. 

In an investor update, the firm argued governments around the world are hastening adoption for cryptocurrency with their unprecedented monetary and fiscal stimulus initiatives. 

The firm explained that bitcoin is emerging as a potential store of value versus the U.S. dollar. While some detractors say bitcoin’s short term correlation to U.S. equities has undercut its potential as a store of value asset, Electric Capital called this a “straw-man argument.”

The report reads, 

As we regularly state: Bitcoin is not a store of value today relative to USD. It is a potential store of value, as it has many (though not yet all) of the characteristics of an excellent store of value.

The report continued, highlighting bitcoin’s value as a hedge against inflation, fiat devaluation and government seizure. The firm also pointed to bitcoin’s proven track record as a store of value relative to distressed emerging market currencies, emphasizing its popularity in the hyperinflation zones of Latin America and Africa. 

The investor update claimed to be optimistic about bitcoin’s long-term potential as a store of value and argued recent market developments have increased the likelihood of bitcoin’s broader adoption. 

According to the report, government monetary and fiscal stimulus policies are trending towards a long term "collapse in trust" in existing financial markets and fiat currencies. Simultaneously, Electric Capital reports a long term trend increase in trust in cryptographic systems, on which a new store of value can be developed. 

The report reads, 

Trust in governments is at all time lows, a global recession looms, unemployment will hit historic highs, government debt-to-GDP is at all time highs, dollar denominated debt payments in emerging markets loom, and many are worried about the scale of government stimulus.

The investor update concluded by saying long term data suggests an increase in global concern over an unsustainable economic path, which may drive people and institutions to consider cryptocurrencies as an alternative. 

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