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Anonymous Developer: Darkcoin is Seriously Flawed

Avatar Yashu Gola 5 years ago

[Update: Darkcoin founder’s reply is available at the end of this post.]

An anonymous Reddit user, using the alias ‘IranianFromHell666’, recently claimed to have found some serious flaws in Darkcoin.

The alleged developer claimed that Darkcoin is heavily prone to three DOS attacks, and have zero-anonymity. He further mentioned a handful of methods following which Darkcoin could be attacked in the future. However, he shied away from discussing these tricks in public, but simply assured to setup a “Darkcoin Deanonymizer” to prove his claims.

“Or is there some kind of “Bug bounty?”, if so I would be willing to participate,” he added.

On the other hand, IranianFromHell666’s provocative approach stirred Darkcoin followers. Some of the initial responses described him as a troller – slang used to describe manipulative liars on the internet. In his response to the allegations, the Reddit user disclosed one of the three DOS attacks he mentioned in the original post. Fearing alterations, we have posted a snapshot of his response below:


As the accuser has rested his argument, it is time to wait for the Darkcoin core developer Evan Duffield’s reply. We would urge Darkcoin traders to wait for a definite response from the Darkcoin crew before they make any sentimental trading decisions.

Meanwhile, feel free to provide us your view on the topic in our comment section below.

Evan Duffield’s comment on the accusation:

First off, it’s great to have people going through all of the new code. I thank you for really looking through it.
However, I’m not very surprized that there are ways to DOS darkcoin still, nor is that even a problem. We just open sourced a couple months ago and there’s 10000+ lines of new code. Bitcoin was getting DOS’d for about four years after it’s release and it took years to secure it. These types of attacks actually make the network stronger and more resistant to future attacks. DOS’ing the network just doesn’t work for that long, the one attack you show could have been fixed on mainnet in a few hours.
If you want the community is very willing to pay for exploits and issues with the code. However, if you just attack the network with your information, you’ll receive a lot less, or nothing at all.

The one thing I’m doubtful of is the anonymity issue. However, with the vagueness of your post, I can’t really address what you’re talking about.

I’m working on the next release that contains multiple DOS fixes and an anonymity improvement, if you can get me the rest of your list in the next 24 hours I’ll help you get tips/donations for helping secure Darkcoin.


Source: Reddit

Yashu Gola

Yashu Gola is a Mumbai-based finance journalist. He is profoundly active in the bitcoin space since 2014 – and has contributed to several cryptocurrency media outlets, including NewsBTC, FxDailyReport, Bitcoinist, and CCN...

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