Dash Releases Upgrade In Response to Newly Exposed Vulnerabilities

Dash has released Dash Core v0.14.0.3, a new version of the wallet and P2P client for its cryptocurrency DASH in light of recent transaction spikes on its mainnet.

Dash Core announced the news in an official blog post on Aug. 15. According to the announcement, Dash was hit with either an external stress test or attack on Wednesday and Thursday this week. The post said that “the upgrade is strongly recommended for all Masternodes and is also recommended for all users, exchanges, partners and full node operators.”

The developer subsequently discovered issues including mempools not being emptied, a 1MB cap on blocks, masternode crashes, masternodes banning other masternodes and delayed listing of transactions on some blocks. Dash Core version is reportedly designed to address some of these issues and includes changes such as improvements to database space use and various signing failures.

Near the end of 2018, a United States-based fast food chain restaurant called Church’s Chicken began to accept payments in DASH at its South American branches in Venezuela. There are reportedly 10 Church’s Chicken restaurants in Venezuela, and all of them decided to accept DASH. At the time of their decision, the restaurant reportedly claimed that it was the first global, fast food restaurant to take crypto payments.

In a less-than-savory turn of events, a man in Israel allegedly stole over $9 million in DASH from his roommate. Afek Zard allegedly stole 74,990.74 DASH from Alexei Yaromenko, who apparently is an early cryptocurrency investor that taught his roommate about crypto. Zard has been indicted, standing accused of stealing the assets in Yarkomenko’s wallets and transferring them to his own addresses. In addition to the theft, he has been additionally accused of money laundering and “penetration of a computer to commit an offense.”

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