The Morning After: Cryptocurrency may be more centralized than you thought

by mcdix

One of the advantages of cryptocurrency is that no company, central bank, or government is in control. Uh, right? That may not be true. Researchers for a report commissioned by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) found that there may be “unintended centralities” in these supposed decentralized systems. The power of cryptocurrency is concentrated with people or organizations with a large share of the pie. Almost like any other capitalist system? Gasping for breath. “Unintended centralities” was the term used as circumstances in which an entity holds sway over a supposedly decentralized system. This could allow them to tamper with proprietary information.

The report notes that three ISPs handle 60 percent of all Bitcoin traffic. The report said 21 percent of nodes are running an old, vulnerable version of the core Bitcoin client. Nothing wrong with some skepticism. Attackers can target these nodes and take over most of a blockchain network. Theoretically, at least. But there have been many cryptocurrency attacks in recent years. There are already practical examples: Read the report from CNBC on the lending platform Solid. It has had issues with one major account holder exerting influence over the entire forum. — Matt Smith


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