Ethereum, the second largest cryptocurrency in the crypto market is amidst further discussions and deliberations. Ethereum was hacked in the month of July and lost 150,000 Ether again in November.
The hack touted as Parity hack arose from a change in multi-signature wallet software executed by Parity Technologies in early 2017. The team decided to put functionality that’s common to many smart contracts and wallets, in a repository known as a library.
Ethereum tumbled by 3% that day and reached as low as $290. Discussed solutions range from unlocking only the funds affected in the Parity hack to not doing anything at all. To recover stuck funds Ethereum CEO, Vitalik Buterin has come up with Ethereum Improvement Proposal 156 (EIP 156) and EIP 867.
Co-founder of music sharing platform Musiconomi, Dan Phifer said 16,475 of the 17,648 Ether was raised in an ICO last year and are trapped in a Parity wallet due to the hack. He is actively trying to find a solution to the problem. He helped write EIP 867 and is searching for other funding alternatives to stay afloat. “While we certainly haven’t given up hope that there will be a recovery, it’s pretty obvious that if there is a recovery, it isn’t going to be anytime soon,” Phifer said.
Thousands of software developers, miners and investors across the world are battling to sort this out and recover all lost funds. Even though investors have lost huge portions of their Ether investments, Ethereum continues to be the preferred platform for token sales raising billions of dollars. Ether is currently trading at $433.63 and at a market cap of $43 billion. It has fallen by 0.15% over the past 24 hours.
A mechanical engineer turned journalist, Shekar takes a keen interest in the study and analysis of cryptocurrencies and blockchain strategy. With the cryptocurrency world blooming in the recent days, he finds great interest in monitoring their growth and gathering every possible piece of information about them. He works as a crypto-journalist for the website Abstractblockchain.