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23 October 2020

Things just got MESSy for potential Ethereum Classic 51% attackers

Things just got MESSy for potential Ethereum Classic 51% attackers


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Over the past weekend, on block 11380000, a solution for the prevention of 51% attacks was introduced to the Ethereum Classic (ETC) community.

It builds on the assumption that while small chain reorganizations that go back a few blocks are perfectly normal, the ones proposing reorganizations going back hundreds and even thousands of blocks are highly suspicious.

With most proof-of-work blockchains, the longest chain with the most work wins.

The nodes that choose to run MESS will be compatible with the ones that do not.

The assumption is that most of these attacks tend to be short-termed and opportunistic.

Ardis said that now that they are done with this mess, the team can focus on developing new tools for ETC.

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