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DoS Bug Identified in Ethereum’s Geth Software on Eve of Hard Fork

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Developers have identified a denial-of-service (DoS) vulnerability on Ethereum’s Geth software, prompting them to release a new version on the eve of the Byzantium upgrade.

Geth Developers Publish New Software

It didn’t take long for the Geth team to neutralize the bug by releasing Urgent Update v1.7.2, a hotfix release to address the DoS vulnerability in the EVM.

“Please upgrade before block 4_370_000!” karalabe wrote on the Go Ethereum Github page.

Analysts say the vulnerability stems from an oversight in one of Byzantium’s new features. Left unchecked, the bug could be exploited by an attacker who wants to take the network nodes offline.

Geth is Ethereum’s most popular client, representing roughly 75% of all system nodes.

On Friday, Ethereum’s second-biggest software client Parity issued a new software upgrade to correct a so-called “consensus bug.” The error could have caused the network to split during the hard fork.

Hard Fork on the Horizon

The hard fork for Byzantium, which is the first leg in the long-awaited Metropolis upgrade, will occur at block 4,370,000. The fork is expected to occur Sunday evening. The development community remains generally optimistic that the upgrade will occur in unison across all clients, thus assuring no unintended splits.

Although hard forks have a negative connotation for bitcoin, they are generally seen as a positive for ether. That’s because the Ethereum community favors hard forks over their softer versions when it comes to implementing much needed updates. Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin has explained previously that hard forks offer numerous advantages with respect to blockchain network upgrades. He event went as far as describing soft forks as a “dangerous game.”

Ether prices are holding above $340 on the eve of the expected fork, bringing the total market cap closer to $32.5 billion. Prices are up more than $40 from the Friday low near $301.

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Encrypgen Beta Launch Sends Token Soaring

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Encrypgen (DNA) provides customers and partners best-in-class, next generation, blockchain security for protecting, sharing and re-marketing genomic data. Although the company has only been around for a few years, it appears to be a major player in the genomic blockchain security space. Security breaches at Ancestry.com and privacy concerns at 23andMe have created a void that Encrypgen hopes to fill.

Price Action

Earlier this week, Encrypgen reached a significant milestone after launching its Gene-Chain beta platform. DNA token is soaring by 20% since the announcement on Wednesday evening.

Encrypgen Price Chart

Encrypgen is far ahead of schedule since the initial expectation was the end of August. The company expects the final live version of the Gene-Chain to be available by the end of September. DNA is a utility token so platform usage will determine its value. DNA is inching its way closer to the finish line and traders appear to be backing it.

Since August 1, DNA is one of the best performing ERC20 tokens. I created a list of the top 50 ERC20 tokens and analyzed their returns since August 1. None of them have a positive return. In comparison, DNA has generated a 7% return during the same period. While the return is negligible compared to the fall 2017, it’s still a positive development. Especially since the price rise coincides with a major development milestone.

Encrypgen Value Proposition

Genetics is playing an increasingly pivotal role in the world of drug discovery. Researchers use genetic data to help them understand how diseases start and how they progress. One of the main reasons that Encrypgen caught my attention is that it is attempting to fill a real world void as a few of the largest non-crypto companies are facing serious issues. Two of those companies are Ancestry.com and 23andMe.

Ancestry.com is the most popular genealogical and family tree tracking company. Unfortunately, it appears that popularity comes at a cost. In December, a server on the company’s RootsWeb service exposed a file that has usernames, email addresses and passwords of 300,000 registered users. The stolen information was then leaked and posted online in plain text.

Another popular company in the industry, 23andMe, has its own issues regarding privacy. Lawmakers and consumers are expressing concern regarding privacy after a consumer submits their genetic test to the company. This is especially true in light of the recent $300 million collaboration deal that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) struck with 23andMe.

Encrypgen’s Gene-Chain platform appears to be the answer to the problem. Consumers will be able to upload their genetic data via Encrypgen’s secure portal which then goes into the company’s database. That data will then be secured with the company’s Gene-Chain. One of the most interesting parts is that consumers get paid when researchers want to purchase their data. According to a recent article from Reuters, consumers can expect an average payment of $130 each time that researchers buy their data. This is an excellent way for consumers to generate passive income.

Conclusion

Investors need to keep their eyes on Encrypgen as the company finalizes its Gene-Chain platform. With the recent price action, the coming catalysts, and the compelling value proposition, the DNA token may be one to begin accumulating.

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Four Altcoins Rebound +50% Over Twenty-Four Hours

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Most coins and tokens in the market cap one hundred are glowing green for the day of Friday, August 17th, but it’s the altcoins further down the list that have felt the strongest bounce.

Such a bounce may have been inevitable after the bloodletting of August which saw many altcoins lose north of 50% over the course of the month. The coins that suffered the worst have now benefited the most after surging to gains in excess of 50% over the past day.

Ontology (ONT)

On the afternoon of August 16th, Ontology (ONT) was priced at $1.44 after climbing from five month lows over the previous few days. Overnight the token saw a trebling of its daily volumes and the price surged to a daily peak of $2.16  – marking a growth of 50% by 03:30 UTC.

When the surge cooled off the price sprung back to around the $2.00 range, where it has hovered since daybreak this morning.

The recovery by Ontology is in proportion to the losses it experienced earlier in the month, after losing 50% between August 8th and August 14th.

VeChain (VET)

VET coins are up 53% for the day after jumping from $0.009955 to a peak of £0.015232 at 07:30 UTC this morning. Market cap statistics for VeChain have been reset after the coin underwent a token swap which saw VEN tokens changed to VET.

Like Ontology, the VET price has since stabilized after the surge, with the $0.0015000 range being maintained for the last six hours. Over 96% of VET trades have come on Binance where BTC and USDT trades dominate the majority.

Nano (NANO)

Nano’s peak was later in coming and peaked 13:30 UTC today, just a couple of hours before publication. From a low of $1.21 yesterday afternoon, NANO coins saw their value increase by 60% en route to a price of $1.94 – an over two week high that returns Nano to a July valuation.

Once again Binance finds itself host to the overwhelming bulk of the trades today, with NANO/BTC pairs alone making up 81% of the daily total. Overall daily trades have climbed from $5 million to $17 million over the last twenty-four hours – Nano’s highest daily volume since early June.

Cortex (CTXC)

Cortex saw a trade influx of over 300% today, with the $21 million daily volume not being seen since mid-July. Over the last day the coin price ascended from $0.253153 to a peak of $0.503776 – marking 99% growth over twenty-four hours.

Unlike the other coins and tokens on this list, Cortex isn’t listed on Binance and instead finds the majority of its action coming from Huobi, where BTC, ETH and USDT trades make up over 70% of the total.

Most cryptocurrencies are growing green today, although Bitcoin and Ethereum have only notched up growth within the range of 1-3%. Further down the rankings the altcoins are feeling the bounce, presumably due to the proportional extent of their losses earlier in the month.

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Crypto Update: Ripple Leads Oversold Bounce

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The major cryptocurrencies are holding on to their recent short-term gains, as the oversold bounce that followed the early-week liquidation continues. One of the most oversold top coins, Ripple is leading the way higher as it broke out above the $0.30 resistance and rallied to $0.32 in early trading. The total value of the market reached $215 billion, but as Bitcoin and Ethereum are still capped by the $6500 and $300 levels respectively a broad short-term trend change is not confirmed in the segment.

Monero is also among the relatively stronger coins today, extending its bounce above the $90 level, and getting close to the key $100 zone in the process. Litecoin, which has been also showing early signs of strength, failed to build on the rally, and as the leadership is still weak, correlations are high, and the downtrends are intact with regards to most of the coins, traders should remain defensive until further signs of strength in the segment emerge.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple is trading in the strong $0.30-$0.32 zone, after the overnight rally, being the only major that triggered a short-term buy signal. Despite the signal, the long-term bearish setup is still clearly in place, and the coin continues to face strong resistance at $0.32, with a weaker level also ahead near $0.35, and traders should only treat the current move as a counter-trend rally. Support below $0.30 is found near $0.28, with a stronger long-term level at $0.26, and the coin already cleared the oversold short-term momentum readings.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

We are still looking at Ethereum as the most important gauge of the state of the market, as ETH has been in the epicenter of the recent steep selloff, and now it is trying to gain ground above the key $300 level.

Despite the relative stability of the coin, it failed to follow Ripple higher, and also failed to trigger a short-term buy signal, as the declining trend clearly remained intact, even as the steepest trendline has been broken. The coin faces strong resistance just above the current price level and near $335, while support is found between $275 and $280 and near $260.

Bitcoin Still Stuck Below Resistance

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

BTC has been trading in a narrow range below the $6500 level as altcoins attempted to rally, but the relatively strong coin still failed to show bullish meaningful momentum. The coin remains on a neutral short-term trend signal, and with the key long-term $5850 level not being in danger, the long-term outlook is also neutral.

A move above $6500 could still trigger a short-term buy signal, but the rest of the segment will likely need further consolidation for a trend change, and further strong resistance is ahead at $6750 and $7000, while support is found at $6275 and $6000.

EOS/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While a few coins are showing promising short-term signs, most of the majors remain deeply wounded from a technical perspective, with the likes of NEO, IOTA, DASH, and EOS all managing only a weak bounce, despite the clearly oversold momentum readings. With that in mind, the odds of a re-test of the lows are still high, and volatility might increase again in the coming days.

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Disclaimer:  The analyst owns cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but doesn’t engage in short-term or day-trading, nor does he hold short positions on any of the coins.

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