Bitcoin's Largest Competitor Hacked: Over $59 Million "Ethers" Stolen In Ongoing Attack
One month ago, Fred Ehrsam, co-founder of Coinbase in a sweeping, 2,500-word blog post, took aim at what he called a "stagnant" bitcoin community that he characterized as being outperformed by innovators working on the Ethereum network. In the post, Ehrsam sought to position Ethereum as a possible competitor to bitcoin, indicating his belief that the competing protocol could "blow past bitcoin entirely" (perhaps he was merely peeved at the lack of commission fees Coinbase was generating).In his post, Eshram said: "There is nothing that bitcoin can do which Ethereum can’t. While Ethereum is less battle tested, it is moving faster, has better leadership and has more developer mindshare. First mover advantage is challenging to overcome, but at current pace, it’s conceivable."
Also, as Coindesk reported recently, those close to the project were beginning to see The DAO as Ethereum’s "flagship application", one that they believe could hold the key to ensuring a lasting, favorable impression for Ethereum's technology, or scar its reputation, with some comparing the DAO as the possible Ether equivalent of bitcoin's once largest and now bankrupt exchange, Mt Gox.
As of this morning, however, it is decidedly the latter, because it turns out there was something else that bitcoin's biggest emerging competitor could do: get hacked.
As Cryptcoinnews reports, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin has asked digital currency exchanges to “pause” ether and activity on the decentralized autonomous organization, or DAO, activity following a hack of the DAO smart contract address. As a reminder Ethereum is the blockchain platform that enabled the DAO's creation.
The DAO is currently being drained of ethers in a still-ongoing breach (as of this morning) to the unknown attacker’s ETH address. The ongoing hack and possible theft, deemed as an “attack” on the DAO by Vitalik Buterin, has the co-founder of Ethereum issue a plea seeking digital currency exchanges to pause ether (ETH) and DAO transactions.
In a post on the Ethereum subreddit, Buterin wrote: