Crypto-hackers are known to spot the slightest of vulnerabilities in networks to take advantage of, often with varying results. The last 24 hours saw Ethereum emerge as a target for one or some of them.
An unknown entity tried to attack the Ethereum network on Tuesday, but with little success. While it managed to trick a few nodes, it failed to dupe the entire network.
Ethereum developer Marius Van Der Wijden revealed the same on Twitter yesterday, claiming that the attacker published a long chain of about 550 blocks, all with invalid proofs of work. What this suggested was that rather than taking the prescribed route to mine blocks, the attacker created them at will and broadcast them to the rest of the network.
A small percentage of nodes running Nethermind, which is an Ethereum client, were tricked into switching to this invalid chain. However, most of the Ethereum nodes rejected this long sidechain since they recognized that the proofs of work were fake.
The sidechain containing the fake blocks has now been overtaken by the main Ethereum blockchain, leading to all affected nodes moving back to it.
According to the developer, this episode was “another great demonstration of how client diversity makes Ethereum stronger” since all other clients, except for Nethermind, rejected the fake blocks. He concluded by assuring the community that “no immediate attention is required from node operators.”
Earlier this month, the Ethereum network was affected after a critical bug attacked the most popular software used to verify transactions on the network, ‘Go Ethereum’ or ‘Geth.’ Half of Ethereum’s ecosystem split into a sidechain after 54% of nodes were affected by the bug, mostly those that hadn’t updated their software.
However, a disastrous double-spend attack was averted after most traders using Geth quickly upgraded their systems.
Here’s What Will Trigger the Next Big Ethereum Rally, According to Top Crypto Analyst
A popular crypto trader is predicting what needs to happen for Ethereum’s (ETH) price to surge even further.
In the TechnicalRoundup newsletter, the pseudonymous analyst DonAlt says ETH is likely to underperform during a Bitcoin (BTC) breakout but will overperform later if the market rides “a multi-month uptrend.”
“As Bitcoin gets sufficiently pumped (very technical term) risk trickles down to lower market cap assets, including Ethereum.
From a technical point of view, the market is in a range between support (low-mid $3000s) and resistance ($4000).
Given the relative strength of the market and the proximity to new all-time highs, a range breakout is more likely than a range breakdown.
Generally, triple tops aren’t compelling resistance structures, especially those that form at prior all-time highs.”
Ethereum is trading at $4,189 at time of writing, up more than 16% in the past week, according to CoinGecko. The second-biggest crypto asset by market cap hit its all-time high of $4,356 in mid-May.
DonAlt thinks Bitcoin currently offers traders more upside than downside.
“If you long Ethereum and you’re right, you’ll probably make less money than longing Bitcoin. If you long Ethereum and you’re wrong, you’ll probably lose more money than longing Bitcoin.
Our conviction on this isn’t incredibly high, but the likelihood of a Bitcoin-dominant breakout is one worth considering.
In our view, the time to rotate into Ethereum will come once the breakout dust has settled. A large puke in Ethereum/Bitcoin would be a good time to start looking for punts.
Mars Land NFTs Released on Ethereum, MARS4 Tokens Listed on Bittrex, Sushiswap
Here’s how land plot on Mars can be obtained in a new-gen manner through NFT marketplace
Shortly after the release of an eccentric NFT-focused metaverse, the Mars Land project sees its core native utility asset, MARS4, listed by Tier 1 centralized exchange Bittrex and leading DEX SushiSwap (SUSHI).
Here’s how NFT instruments allow crypto enthusiasts to purchase land on Mars
The Mars4 team behind Mars Land, a novel digital collectibles project, has modeled a 3D map of Mars’ terrain based on the latest NASA data. The total area of Mars’ terrain is divided into 99,888 tokenized plots.
Then, the NFTs associated with segments of Mars Land are available for sale as non-fungible tokens. Mars Land NFTs are minted on Ethereum (ETH) blockchain and can be utilized in various digital economic initiatives.
Namely, Mars NFTs can be locked for staking and utilized for liquidity mining; therefore, Mars Land NFTs evolved into a full-stack instrument of passive income for cryptocurrency enthusiasts with various levels of expertise.
Mars Land NFTs are released in batches; 10,000 tokens are listed per epoch. Starting from Epoch 1, 51% of the income generated is redistributed among current NFT holders. By mid-October, there are more than 50,000 NFTs in circulation.
MARS4 listed on CEXes and DEXes: Why is this crucial?
Mars Land adheres to a dual tokenomic design: its architecture includes NFTs and MARS4 dollars. In total, there are four billion MARS4 tokens in circulation.
MARS4 tokens are now available on Bittrex, a veteran centralized cryptocurrency trading ecosystem. Bittrex offers the widest range of assets amidst all CEXes working in the United States.
Also, MARS4 tokens can be purchased on leading Ethereum-based decentralized exchange, SushiSwap (SUSHI). On SushiSwap (SUSHI), MARS4 tokens can be staked as well.
Ethereum Whales with 1 to 10 Million ETH Add 13.9% Coins As Ether Approaches ATH
Large holders of Ethereum have been buying large amounts of Ether on a steady basis since August, an analytics report says
Top Ethereum wallets have been adding Ethereum steadily since August and keep doing so even as the price is approaching the all-time high reached in May.
Top ETH whales buy another 13.9% of Ether
Santiment on-chain data provider has tweeted that Ethereum wallets holding from 1 to 10 million Ethereum have been purchasing massive lumps of Ether in the past three months.
Over this period, they have acquired 13.9% of the Ethereum supply and keep adding more, even though the Ether price has soared to the $4,200 zone, inching closer to surpassing the May all-time high of Ethereum.
🐳 #Ethereum's top addresses have accumulated $ETH steadily since early August, and it's no surprise to see the #2 asset approaching an #AllTimeHigh of its own. In the past 10 weeks, addresses with 1M to 10M $ETH have accumulated 13.9% more to their bags. https://t.co/OUccwGBDKC pic.twitter.com/tJpZiN5B9Y— Santiment (@santimentfeed) October 21, 2021
Non-exchange ETH whales hold 5x more ETH than whales on exchanges
According to a Santiment tweet published earlier in October, the ratio of non-exchange and exchange crypto whales and their ETH holdings now constitutes 5:1.
Crypto whales now hold five times more Ethereum on non-exchange wallets than other whales hold on exchange addresses.
The ETH holdings of the former now total 22.91 million Ethereum compared to only 4.6 million ETH stored on addresses based on crypto exchanges.
Besides, in July, the top 10 Ethereum addresses acquired big amounts of ETH and, back then, they held 20.58% of the second-largest cryptocurrency.
In the meantime, as reported by U.Today earlier, ETH exchange supply has been declining substantially as investors have been withdrawing Ether to cold wallets for long-term storage. This may be one of the main reasons for the growth of the Ethereum price.
Ethereum inches closer to its May peak
On May 12, Ether managed to reach a historic rise, soaring to a $4,362 all-time high. Since then, ETH has dropped twice to the $1,780 low (in June and July). In early August, it surpassed the $3,000 level after the implementation of EIP-1559 (also known as the London hardfork) on Aug. 5.
At the end of last week, Ethereum recovered the $4,000 line and, on Wednesday, it surged to the $4,239 price mark, following Bitcoin hitting an all-time high of $66,930.
Along with the EIP-1559 upgrade, a burning mechanism for Ethereum was rolled out for ETH fees. Since then, large amounts of Ether have been destroyed, which makes the ETH supply smaller and more deflationary, helping its price to rise.
As of Oct. 11, more than 500,000 ETH have been destroyed. Over the past 30 days, around $824 million worth of Ethereum fees have been burned.