• 51% ATTACK
    Ethereum

    Ethereum Classic hack nets thieves $1.1 million

    The 51% attack saw control of the cryptocurrency’s blockchain taken over by bad actors

    Ethereum Classic, the cryptocurrency created after the main Ethereum developers led by Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin split off in a June 2016 hard fork to reverse the theft of $55 million in coins, suffered another loss this week. On Jan. 5, a miner or group of miners managed to gain control of more than half of the Ethereum Classic mining power, or hashrate, in what is called a “51% attack.” This gave them the ability to double spend ETC coins—basically spending a newly created coin and then forking the ETC blockchain, allowing them to cancel the transaction and be able to spend that coin again. Called a deep chain reorganization,…