Today, October 6th around 3:20 PM a strange behavior of some Feathercoin clients where noticed by the community.
Further investigation showed that an attempt of a DOS attack was causing the problem.
The attack tried to use a recently discovered vulnerability of Bitcoin code versions < 0.16.3, causing the attacked block chain to stop working correctly and mint the block chain to the attackers advantage.
The Feathercoin devepoment team released a fix against this attack on September 22nd 2018.
This fix together with Feathercoins advanced checkpointing (ACP) mechanism defended the block against the attack.
Current status is:
FTC Blockchain is operating normally
FTC Clients with version < 16.3 are stuck at block 2366280
Actions to re- activate stuck clients:
upgrade your client to the latest Version
see ttps://feathercoin.com/#wallets for latest releases for your OS
Restart the client with the -rescan comand line paramter
wait until the client is fully synced again and compare the block count with the one shown on https://explorer.feathercoin.com
If someone has a secret like that it would only be a matter of time before 1 someone else does it or 2 people figure out it is known for the very reason that things people shouldn’t know are known or 3 it is leaked.
This is all pretty moot as we know it is a matter of time before generic quantum computers are created/sold. As soon as they are there will be ramp up time to become wide spread, mean while a migration to a new technology that doesn’t use the difficulty to factor large numbers made of two primes as it’s core security. (General Quantum computers crack this using shor’s algorithm)
In short, if someone has this they are their own bottle beck right now and it means the trillions of various encrypted systems are for the most part completely safe. Especially considering the fleeting nature and re-encryption on a message by message nature of so many communications
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I read the news regarding btc these days, and i can say its so funny to watch the largest US, British and some EU -guided by a certain type of group of individuals- media outlets. I love the “100reasons why you should not buy btc”, " bubble", etc titles. Its a shame that the lobby of large banks and corporations tied to the above mentioned media outlets doesn’t take advantage of the cryptocurrency status right now. They could develop cryptocurrency solutions and products that people will actually use (and give them healthy profits) but nooooo, lets all piss on btc. Well, personally i am just hodling some more and laughing at the vibe
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If you start an encrypted wallet, you have access to all functions, but if you actually try to send coins, you are requested the password.
This happens only once for the running wallet.
The encryption also is a security measure against someone getting access to your computer and the wallet.dat file.
By copying the wallet.dat the intruder gets your private keys and full access to your coins, if the wallet is not encrypted.