March 25, 2015
1 min read

The Dash Rebranded Wallet is Now Available

This update is not mandatory, in fact it’s the exact same wallet, just rebranded.

Configurations have been moved from .darkcoin to .dash! You’ll need to do the following when updating your client:

1.)
Windows : Goto %APPDATA% and move Darkcoin to Dash
Linux & Mac : Goto ~/ and move .darkcoin to .dash

2.) Move darkcoin.conf to dash.conf
3.) Update and restart

Downloads Available At:
https://www.dashpay.io/downloads/


March 16, 2015
3 min read

Rebranding to Dash

Darkcoin is changing its name/branding to Dash – Digital Cash. The new name will start being used officially and in external services from March 25th onwards.

Dash’s vision has always been to create a trustless, decentralised, private and fast payment platform for the benefit of the majority. We are happy with the progress we are making towards reaching this goal. We’ve been able to release instant transaction confirmations, refine our privacy technology and develop our Masternode network into a strong and truly decentralised platform. We’re building a complete solution and working hard to make crypto more suitable for real world adoption. This is why we believe our new brand Dash will better represent all aspects of our platform and make it more accessible to end users.

We are only changing the name, no technology is affected by this. The coin, the blockchain and the people will be the same. Users don’t need to act on this, the next update of the wallet will have the new brand and it will be a standard update.

A new logo design has been commissioned and it will be made available after the Dash Foundation members vote in around a week’s time. Exchanges, payment processors and other services have been notified so they can prepare in advance.

Our ideals remain intact and we will continue to pursue them under any branding we have, now and in the future.
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February 10, 2015
7 min read

11.1 – InstantX release!

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We are excited to announce the release of Dash Core v0.11.1! We have decided to push out InstantX in a separate release because it’s working perfectly on testnet and our other changes to the masternode network will take some time to complete.

This release includes a full implementation of InstantX, a new version of enforcement that works with the updated Bitcoin architecture, huge improvements to Darksend, many more languages supported, lower bandwidth usage and a fully implemented sporking framework.

For more information about how InstantX works, checkout our whitepaper: https://www.dashpay.io/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/InstantTX.pdf

Hard Fork

This release implements two hard forks, so all users must update ASAP. The network will fork in 1 week or when 80% of miners have updated.

InstantX

v0.11.1 utilizes a fully implemented version of InstantX. To try InstantX, use the QT wallet and simply click the “InstantX” checkbox when sending money. Funds send using InstantX will gain 5 masternode-level confirmations within seconds from the network, then within an average of 1.25 minutes a 6th block-level confirmation will make funds spendable on most websites.

InstantX is automatically enabled and this means when using the daemon, the API will show transactions as confirmed as soon as the masternode network successfully locks them in place.

To disable InstantX, simply start the daemon/client with –instantxdepth=0. This will be the equivalent of running in a pure proof-of-work mode.

InstantX does not support sending via the API at this point. This will be included in a future version.

InstantX Tutorial

To use InstantX, simply check the “InstantX” box, then send money normally.

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On the transaction screen, it should update within a few seconds from the question mark icon to the clock

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To see more information about the state of InstantX, double click the transaction.

Possible messages include:
“Verified via InstantX”: This means network locks are in place and the money is safe
“InstantX verification in progress – X of 25 signatures” : This means the network is currently processing your transaction and your client is waiting on more signatures from masternodes
“InstantX verification failed” : The network failed to validate the transaction. In this case, normal proof-of-work will occur.

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Requirements / Feature Breakdown:

  • Inputs used must have 5 block-level confirmations in order to send via IX
  • To lock a transaction via IX, 15 of 25 elected masternodes must respond by voting
  • Transaction locks are lost when restarting the client and only last for an hour
  • Transactions must pay a fee of 0.01 DASH to use IX
  • Once a transaction lock is in place, conflicting transactions will be rejected if in blocks or relayed as a normal transaction.
  • InstantX is designed to work nearly all of the time. I expect it will work on about 98%+ of transactions in it’s present form. If it fails, the transaction will simply fall back to normal proof of work.

DarkSend

Various improvements have been made to Darksend, such as the fully implemented “DSTX” message. This means that when anonymizing funds, Darksend transactions are first class citizens in miner’s blocks and will be included immediately. Other stability issues were also fixed.

Enforcement

v11.0’s implementation of enforcement was not compatible with the newer Bitcoin architure. Recently we moved from the Litecoin code base, to the new Bitcoin codebase. This exposed some edge cases within the Bitcoin code that caused enforcement to stop working consistently.

This has been fixed in v11.1, but will require all users update so we remain on the same fork. Enforcement will be activated as soon as 80% of the network has updated (usually a couple days).

Language Support

Thanks to Vertoe and the community for spear heading this project, the client now fully supports over 20 languages such as Portuguese, German, Russian, Polish, Spanish, Vietnamese, French, Italian, Catalan, Chinese, Danish, Finnish, Swedish, Czech, Turkish and Bavarian (and many more).

Full release notes: 

https://github.com/darkcoin/darkcoin/blob/master/doc/release-notes/release-notes-0.11.1.md

Downloads

11.1.19 Core – All Users

Thanks to who contributed to this release, at least:

– Vertoe
– Udjin
– Holger Schinzel
– Raze
– Mario Müller
– Crowning
– Alexandre Devilliers
– Stuart Buck
– Tiago Serôdio
– Slawek
– Moli
– Lukas Jackson
– Snogcel
– Jimbit
– Coingun
– Sub-Ether

Discussion of the announcement at Dashtalk


January 22, 2015
6 min read

Dash’s solution to Bitcoin’s public ledger

The author of this article is Paul Bleak (AKA ‘pbleak’).

Recent news have provided possible evidence for something every self-respecting post-Snowden internet-user has long-suspected. No, not that the government has taken a keen interest in Bitcoin. We already know they have. Rather than corporations that facilitate the use of Bitcoin are beginning to mirror their FIAT cousins in monitoring consumer behaviour. Users on popular discussion site Reddit have been complaining about bans from Coinbase relating to the use of gambling sites, but perhaps the more shocking reason is the use of localbitcoins as a reason to have an account blocked. What links these events is, quite simply, the fact that Coinbase must be monitoring these accounts in order to ascertain what their users are up to. This is, it must be noted, broadly explained away as ensuring the site remains compliant with regulations (since it is located in the United States). However, what this begins to look like, at least to those of us in the cryptocurrency community, is regulation.

Now we have long been aware that banking institutions keep detailed profiles of our both our financial situations and that corporations develop extensive (and shareable) profiles about our consumer spending and patterns of behaviour. Often we are not in a position, unless we refuse to have a bank account, to avoid this, as with banks. With corporations, we are more likely to hand over our details, through loyalty cards and schemes, or blindly accepting terms and conditions.

Now the structure of Bitcoin has an implicit manner to track users in the same manner, since the blockchain is both public and very closely linked to an identity when a user is using Coinbase as the latter requires verification. This means Coinbase begins to represent something close to a Bitcoin bank account or, at least, a database of sorts. It should not come as a surprise, then, that the company engages in tactics used by those that use FIAT currency. This is the nature of our Big Data culture, centralised to its core as applied to Bitcoin. It is for this reason that users seeking to disconnect from the centralised net ought to look at alternative cryptocurrencies such as Dash, which allows for a truly anonymous and decentralised experience through the use of its DarkSend technology. Used in conjunction with other anonymising tools, it fulfils the promise of a currency that is properly untrackable thereby regaining the user the freedom that Bitcoin had once seemed to deliver.

Furthermore, the Coinbase story is surely only the beginning. Recent years have demonstrated that once we enter a state of centralisation online, government and corporations revert to type, i.e. to constructing patterns and profiles of online users. It is imperative that those of us who embrace privacy practise what we preach by deploying those technologies and decentralised tools that carry our core values intrinsically. Of these Dash remains one of the few remaining options in an increasingly centralised cryptocurrency world. As they say in their community, it might be time for Coinbase users to ‘get into the Dark.’

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January 15, 2015
6 min read

Happy Birthday Dash

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18th January 2014 – Dash was officially launched by web developer Evan Duffield. It was initially called ‘XCoin’ however it was renamed to Dash. It was a different coin to the rest right from the very beginning, Evan Duffield not only created a new coin but he also created a new hashing algorithm that separated Dash from the two biggest algorithms, SHA-256 (Bitcoin) and Scrypt (Litecoin). This new algorithm was ‘X11’and it not only ensured Dash would remain ASIC-proof for a long time but it also meant greatly reduced heat and power consumption for miners across the globe. This new algorithm has proven to be extremely popular in fact with a number of other altcoins choosing to use the same hashing technology.

20th February 2014 – DarkSend Alpha made available for testing. The first chance the Dash community was able to see first hand this amazing new anonymizing technology.

3rd March 2014 – DarkSend Beta released. This more functional version had already started to show the world just what Evan Duffield was capable of.

6th March 2014 – 7th April 2014 – DarkSend Beta releases continued, each new Beta improving the code paving the way for the first official Release Candidate 1 (RC1). At the same time, Evan also created the ‘Masternode’ network. These Masternode servers which are operated all over the globe, allow for the anonymization of funds which no other crypto currency can offer.

Not only this, but they provide a completely new income stream for those wanting to invest in crypto currencies but who don’t have the ability or the capacity to run a mining PC or farm.

17th April 2014 – DarkSend RC1 released. Initially only 10 DASH could be sent with DarkSend.

20th June 2014 – The RC3 Hardfork was released which enabled the first payments to Masternode servers. Shortly after however, problems were found with the code which resulting in some unexpected forking of the Dash network.

26th June 2014 – Evan quickly addresses the RC3 issues and releases the RC3 Softfork which would make Masternode payments optional until the code was improved.

13th August 2014 – RC4 Softfork released allowing for more than 10 DASH to be sent via DarkSend. This would now be known as DarkSend+

September 2014 – By this stage, Dash had gained the attention of crypto coin enthusiasts all over the world. Kristov Atlas, one of the leading Bitcoin security and privacy researchers and writers, decided to review the Dash code. He assisted Evan and the Dash development team by finding some minor security vulnerabilities which Evan immediately addressed making the Dash network even stronger.

Shortly after the review in September, the Dash code was officially made open source. A major milestone in Dash’s history to date.

5th October 2014 – Payments to Masternodes were made mandatory, meaning all Dash pool operators would need allocate block rewards to both Masternode owners and miners. This way, both miners and Masternode owners receive a portion of Dash ensuring a strong and secure network.

November 2014 – Evan announces ‘InstantX’. This technology allows for instantaneous transactions to occur much like what Visa and Mastercard offer. No other crypto currency, including Bitcoin can even come close to offering a service like this.

December 9th 2014 – Evan announces 2-Factor Authentication (2FA) to greatly minimize the risks of funds being stolen from wallets.

Dash’s first year has been an exciting journey, with a bigger and better development team and supportive community; there is no telling what Dash will achieve by its 2nd Birthday.


December 10, 2014
7 min read

Dash Gains Acceptance In The Online Gaming Market

Online gambling and sports betting is a thriving industry that seem especially suited for cryptocurrencies. With the emergence of the internet, the gaming industry went online, it seemed natural that people could now interact with each other online. Since placing bets is more like establishing a contract between two parties for a specific outcome on a game and with no physical asset tied to the transaction, it was a perfect match for the internet. Big names like Bet365 and William Hill brought online gaming mainstream.

But even though the gaming was virtual, it still required the use of traditional fiat money to function. This means wire transfers with long wait times and excessive bank fees to top up your account. Then waiting to get your winnings back on your personal bank account and all the regulations and bureaucracy that involves traditional money. It just doesn’t suit the age we live in.

Along came the crypto currency revolution with Bitcoin leading the charge. Virtual money for online gambling is a far better fit, yet something is still missing. Bitcoin is simply not private enough and regulators and online Bitcoin wallet services are starting to discriminate users that like to gamble online by blocking their accounts. Coinbase has been confirmed to be denying service if the coins the users are transacting with originated from online betting sites, the only way they can know this is through blockchain analysis. In a way this makes Bitcoin even less private than traditional fiat with which you couldn’t make this sort of analysis as easily.

With Bitcoin we gain many things but still a more private and faster alternative is needed. This is maybe a weakness of the coin itself, there is a lack of privacy and fungibility in the protocol that allows for stricter controls than those possible with fiat money.

Dash may just be what the online gaming industry has needed since its inception, it is more fungible and private than Bitcoin and with its Darksend and instant transaction (InstantX) technology, it will provide for an amazing online gambling experience. That may be just why we are seeing well reputed betting sites like DirectBet.eu and Unicoin Casino recently adopt Dash to offer an alternative to their user base.

We spoke to DirectBet to find out a bit more about why they are now accepting Dash and what it means for them and their customers.

1. How does Dash add to your business model and/or what value does Dash bring to crypto gambling?

“DirectBet provides a completely anonymous type of sports betting. No accounts are needed, not even an e-mail address. You simply send your bets to a designated address and your winnings are sent back directly to your wallet, automatically, within minutes of the result.

Yet some of our clients raised concerns that due to the nature of the Bitcoin blockchain, transactions are traceable and the anonymity can be compromised.

Dash was therefore a natural fit for us as it offers superior transaction anonymity using Darksend.

Another advantage of Dash is that it features faster confirmations, meaning that you get your winnings faster. With the upcoming instant transaction technology known as InstantX, bettors will be able to bet, win and receive their winnings instantly, all within seconds. This is particular useful for our provably fair block chain based dice and poker games.”

2. Why did you decide to add Dash to your service?

“We have been long time supporters of Dash and invested in it in the past.

Last month we had a poll in our Bitcointalk forum thread asking members which other altcoins they would like to bet with DirectBet. Dash immediately received an overwhelming amount of votes and support and that was the trigger for us to add it.”

3. How easy it was to integrate Dash to your platform?

“It was extremely quick and easy for us to integrate Dash because its core wallet is utilizing the same interface that we already had in place to accept Bitcoins. We have found the Dash Core wallet to be well established and reliable and ready for prime time use. We didn’t even had to purchase Dashs as we already held a stock from our past investment in it so overall the integration was a real instant.”

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Photo Credit: Raptor73


December 6, 2014
5 min read

The Dash Foundation Is Open for Business

We are thrilled to begin admitting members to the Dash Foundation today. We are asking for your money in the form of both dues and donations, so an explanation is in order.

The Foundation

The Foundation is an Arizona nonprofit corporation and future 501(c)(6) organization (hopefully–we are in the process of applying for recognition of exemption). Its purpose is to promote, protect and standardize Dash. The Foundation doesn’t own the Dash project–the community does. The Foundation is here to help. We believe that organizing fundraising efforts will be beneficial, but everyone is free to continue contributing in whatever manner is most convenient.

We have broken down the broad mission of promoting, protecting and standardizing Dash into more specific objectives:

1. Support the development of the Dash protocol. We must ensure that the development team has the resources it needs to maintain Dash’s status as the most innovative cryptocurrency in the world.

2. Empower the community. Many members of the community already perform valuable tasks. Our goal is to assist them in as many ways as possible.

3. Educate the public. We will engage in educational and promotional activities in an effort to bring Dash to a much wider audience.

4. Represent. The Foundation can speak for Dash when and where such representation is appropriate.

Becoming a Member

There are two types of members: individual and industry. Individual members can choose to pay dues annually or become lifetime members. Both people and entities can become industry members. Neither class of members receives any perks, really, other than the right to vote for board directors (this may change when Dash is on its way toward world domination). For now, it’s best to think of membership as an act of support.

We feel membership should be within the reach of as many people as possible, so one can join for as little as 10 DASH. This doesn’t mean that we can’t use additional funds–if you are able and willing, please consider donating more. If you aren’t interested in becoming a member but would like to donate, that is completely OK, too.

We want to be very open with the community, so please, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. It’s your foundation. Propulsion has agreed to create a subforum on Dashtalk.org for Foundation-specific discussions. This forum will be open to the public, but only members will be able to post.

The Internals

The Foundation is governed by its bylaws and a conflict of interest policy. These documents are available on our site for anyone that is interested. The board of directors holds meetings periodically, and is in regular contact when they are not meeting.

Foundation funds will be stored in multisignature wallets and all Foundation addresses will be public. Dashs will not be anonymized, so everyone will be able to see how they are being spent. Bitcoins will not be anonymized either … not that this is even possible!

Yours truly,

The Dash Foundation Board of Directors


November 13, 2014
2 min read

Onyx V2 – Security Update is out!

Due to some issues that were brought up by a researcher, we’ve revised the Darksend protocol extensively to enhance the anonymity provided. It’s very important that all clients on the Dash network update.

Users Required To Update:

Pools
Exchanges
Darksend Users
Normal Clients
Masternodes

Changes made in this release:

– Masternodes can now make a limited number of zero-fee transaction for Darksend. These are special transactions that require a signature that only the masternodes can create.
– Darksend now has no fees to track what-so-ever, all that will ever be in Darksend transactions are Darksend denominations.
– Added queue gaming protection
– Clients remember which masternodes they’ve connected to in the past and won’t use them against.
– Dsee/Dseep messages have been fixed so they only take newer signatures than the one they have
– 2 different kinds of client crashes have been fixed
– Split up main.cpp into core.cpp
– Split up darksend.cpp into masternode.cpp, activemasternode.cpp and instantx.cpp
– Added modular ProcessMessages for Darksend, Masternodes and InstantX
– Client can now join sessions with any other users


November 3, 2014
3 min read

CEX.IO Offers Dash Trading

In the afttermath of the recent Moolah/Mintpal bankruptcy case, the altcoin community has ramped up their search for secure and stable exchanges. Whilst some standard exchanges continue to function adequately, an all too often overlooked alternative is CEX.IO. CEX.IO acts not just as a cloud mining provider (as many associate it with), but also as an exchange. It includes a number of useful trading pairs, including Dollars/Euros. Also, of special interest to the altcoin community, is the fact that is has firmly adopted Dash. CEX.IO was an early believer in Dash. Now, after extensive testing, CEX.IO is now challenging the traditional exchanges by offering Dash. This event follows a general pattern of Dash adoption in the cryptocurrency economy.

What does this mean? Now, Dash and all supported cryptocurrency users are able to migrate their cloud mining operations to the same site as they conduct their trading, thereby making the entire process seamless. Both mining and trading are streamlined through a beautiful interface. For Dash traders CEX.IO offers a strong alternative, opening up new opportunities such as trading Dash to fiat alongside their Dash mining operations. Debate concerning where to reliably trade Dash might finally be answered thanks for the faith CEX.IO has shown in Dash.

CEX.IO is a London-based Bitcoin crypto exchange and the first cloud mining service. As an exchange, CEX.IO has a wide variety of trading pairs, including fiat money (USD and EUR), cryptocurrencies and mining commodities (GHS or Bitcoin cloud mining power). CEX.IO works in conjunction with the largest Bitcoin mining pool — GHash.IO, and is trusted by over 300,000 users from all over the world.

Media Contact: [email protected]
Future Press Releases: https://www.dashpay.io/news/


October 16, 2014
12 min read

Onyx (10.15.16) Release Now Available

ATTENTION: POOL OPERATORS

This update includes a fork, all daemons and stratum deployments must update their code to pay the correct masternodes and correct reward amounts.

Software Updates:

Stratum Users:
https://github.com/darkcoin/darkcoin-stratum/commit/4abf08bd0d3de7fae2311f54edb8a5f86f9ab39a

NOMP Users:
https://github.com/darkcoin/node-stratum-pool/commit/e598fb0b6b643191304b257e0d8b0f47f8a5d34a

P2Pool Users:
https://github.com/darkcoin/p2pool-DASH/commit/98a77c90d5dc460695cab71daed8d8aaab955289

***EDIT (12/19/14): Outdated links have been removed. Please update to the most current version from the Downloads page or GitHub repository.***

Deployment Schedule:

Immediately: Enforcement will be turned off, allowing for pools to update their software without risk of orphaned blocks

Oct 23, 2014: Rewards will step up to 25%. Dash users are encouraged to contact pools that have not updated and politely ask them to update.

Nov 14, 2014: Enforcement will be turned on, any pools that have not update will have their blocks rejected.

Who Needs To Update?

All Dash users must update their clients.

What’s New?

Part of securing the Dash network is creating a strong and healthy network of full nodes to back it up. These nodes provide many tasks for users such as propagating messages, syncing clients and mixing users funds via Darksend.

To make the network resistant to attack we required these nodes to hold 1000DASH (these coins are held in a completely trustless way in cold storage in most cases, so they can’t be stolen). In return for holding the coins and running the node, these users are paid 20% of the block reward.

Security for Darksend and InstantX is provided by selecting masternodes deterministically from the total set, then using multiple of these nodes to make decisions. Vastly greater security becomes possible when you add more nodes due to the cost associated with controlling a majority of said nodes. For statistical analysis of this please checkout the InstantX whitepaper .

Increasing Rewards Schedule

With this release we will progressively change the reward to incentivize the creation of more masternodes, this should strengthen the network and protect it from sybil attacks making it more expensive for attackers to control an important portion of the nodes.

This is also key for instant transaction confirmations to be a reality, the network needs to be robust enough to handle a large amount of transactions as we strive for adoption on real world applications. The features that give value to Dash need to be protected as that is what will ensure the long term success of the project for the benefit of all Dash supporters, current and those that will join DASH in the future.

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*Currently there are 900 active masternodes. Numbers are expected to increase as profitability rises.
** ROI calculation is ((1/t)*b*(r*s)*365)/1000

Where:
t = Total number of masternodes
b = Blocks per day on average (576 for Dash)
r = Average reward per block
s = Masternode mining share

Steady Payments and Proof-of-Service

Another issue in the past has been the volatility in return due to the random nature of masternode payments. This is being dealt with by creating an algorithm to pay the masternodes evenly. Each masternode can expect a payment every N blocks with a variance of about 10%.

Also included in this release is a framework that we can build a true proof-of-service platform on. This means only masternodes actually providing services will be paid for those services.

To only pay active masternodes, pay masternodes evenly and ensure that all pools pay the correct node and amount we’ve introduced a new type of node, the reference node. This node has a special key that allows it to tell the network which nodes get paid, on which blocks in the future. Anyone on the network can verify these nodes are doing their job (i.e. not tampering with the results) by running the code and comparing the payee’s due to the deterministic algorithm used. In case of DDOS or a service failure, the network default to paying random masternodes as it does now.

This setup is non-exploitable and will serve as a mechanism of enforcement till we can revisit this in the future. A better future solution would be an in-blockchain voting mechanism like RC3 or a second blockchain updated by the miners that stores the masternode list.

Masternode Setup

Flare’s Trustless Masternode Hosting Service:
https://dashtalk.org/threads/service-masternode-hosting-service.2648/

Yidakee’s Service:
https://dashtalk.org/threads/yi…tup-services-ghostplayer-on-bitcointalk.1633/

MangledBlue’s Service:
https://dashtalk.org/threads/services-mn-shared-admin.2678/

How To Guide:
https://dashtalk.org/threads/taos-masternode-setup-guide-for-dummies.2680/

How To Guide 2:
https://dashtalk.org/threads/remote-masternode-guide-updated.410/

Just for fun:

Darksend Improvements

Recently after open sourcing, Darksend has been undergoing an exhaustive evaluation of it’s security to many different kinds of attacks. This update includes over 15 measures to prevent abuses of the system and keep it healthy.

To prevent such attacks, we require users to post a collateral payment to the masternode they wish to use. Parts of the Darksend process in the past were not using this protective measures and were quickly identified and attacked. This update includes many improvements to the way collateral is used to make attacking expensive.

One of the notable improvements is that collateral transactions pay the fee directly to miners. This creates a situation where to double spend attack the collateral transaction, one would have to pay a higher fee to the miners. Since the collateral fee is payed to the miners already, double spending attacks against the system are impossible.

What’s next?

We had to take a short detour from InstantX to focus on Darksend after it gained enough attention to be actively attacked by our competitors. Now that we’re confident of the security of the system, we’ll be moving back to working on InstantX.

The first version of InstantX will be a soft-fork. It will simply show when transactions have been successfully validated by the observer network. This will give us some real world testing of the framework.

We have some other projects and exciting things in the works. We’ll be announcing those in the following months.

Downloads

October 21, 2014 Update: 15.14 Adds a fix for a DOS style attack against the masternode list that was attempted earlier today. This attack didn’t result in any harm to the network or extra payments for the attacker.

October 22, 2014 Update 15.15:

There have been some masternode stability problems (masternodes not staying active on the network) for some users, this was caused by the masternode operators changing the masternodeprivkey and then starting the masternode again. This lead to some of the networking have one pinging key and parts of the network having another. This update fixes that issue and will allow masternodes to change that key. Because of this issue clients were flagging peers as misbehaving, eventually leading to them being banned, causing network fragmentation, which lead to other issues on the network.

An alternative solution is to move the 1000DASH input to a brand new address that the network has not seen. Then start the masternode normally. Once the network updates to v15.15, we won’t have these issues anymore.

Enforcement:

At block 158,000 masternode rewards will jump to 25%, if more than 80% of the network is updating and paying the correct rewards enforcement will be activated then. From the looks of it, we’re very close to those numbers already. Once enforcement is active, payments will be completely 100% fair and equal between all masternodes.

October 22, 2014 Update 15.16:

After some more inspection I found there were multiple Masternode announcement messages propagating around the network. This update filters out all but the newest one to ensure the list is correct and up-to-date. It’s not manditory to update, but please do if you can. Last update till InstantX


October 10, 2014
5 min read

Dash Now Trading at CCEDK

ccedk.com, a Danish exchange renowned for its security, have announced that they are now accepting Dash. Trading with Dash will include, amongst others, trading pairs such as the Euro and the Russian ruble, opening up further possibilities for Dash’s increasing popularity.

ccedk.com is presented as the first crime-free cryptocurrency trading platform. Boasting a dual-language English/Russian interface it is aimed at a wide audience, but has often been overlooked. Notably there are plans for further interfaces in Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Danish and Chinese suggesting expansion is on the horizon.

Their security-conscious approach is likely to be welcomed as cryptocurrency users become more cautious in the face of well-known exchange collapses such as Mt. Gox. To counter such a possibility ccedk.com keeps a reserve fund, amounting to thirty-percent ofthe crypto currencies revenue, to protect their customers in the case of losses. This is a major innovation akin to how major banks refund the victims of fraud that grants customers a degree of security in the event of being targeted by criminal elements. As more and more users of cryptocurrencies begin to enter the marketplace it is important that more institutions take financial security into consideration.

In terms of trading the site has promised Skrill integration in the coming months which will make depositing fiat a breeze. Also impressive is the range of fiat currencies which can be used including Danish/Norwegian kroner, British pounds, US dollars and Euros, accounts can be funded SWIFT wire transfers, SEPA, and Deposit and withdraw in RUB/UAH/EUR/USD, using more than 150 payment options in terms of funding with the Payment Service Provider Payee!

One notable feature of ccedk.com is the remarkable degree of transparency on offer. They are confident enough to post the details of their lawyer and they are clear that they will follow the Single Euro Payment Area (SEPA) regulations to help integrate cryptocurrency trading into the mainstream, including its regulations. With this layer of legal adherence a core feature of the site it is clear thatccedk.com will emerge as one of the safest exchanges and is surely a strong recommendation when tempting newcomers into the world of cryptocurrency.

It is worth noting that the security of ccedk.com can be usefully combined with the privacy offered by specific cryptocurrencies and, in particular, that of Dash. This coin already has a large following in Europe and is gaining further traction in Russia, Ukraine, Poland and many others. In this manner ccedk.com is the perfect home for Dash trading given its dual-language interface. Dash, which anonymizes transactions if one chooses, has slowly emerged as the major alternative to Bitcoin and with new innovations appearing daily it is grow even further. As Dash enters the mainstream alongside secure and transparent exchanges such as ccedk.com we will find ourselves in the mature position of combining financial security with financial privacy opening up cryptocurrency to ever wider adoption.

Petra Stolle

[email protected]
www.dashpay.io


October 7, 2014
2 min read

Please Update To v10.14.1 – Masternode Security Update

****** Due to an attack on the network, we’ve patched the masternode list syncing functionality. ***

This attack was a simple exploitation of the fact that we were not checking that the signing key correctly, and it was possible to sign with an invalid key. This resulted in the attacker gaining control of the majority of the masternode list for a short period of time. As soon as users update and restart their clients, the network will return to normal.

– This update simply verifies that the signature was not forged and that the masternodes entering the list are authentic.
– After the patch was applied, there were 857 masternodes active.

All users please update to the latest binaries as soon as possible! Thanks

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10.14.1 RC5 Binaries: All Users


Windows .exe: https://github.com/darkcoinproject/darkcoin-binaries/raw/master/darkcoin-0.10.14.1-win.zip
Mac OSX: https://github.com/darkcoinproject/darkcoin-binaries/raw/master/darkcoin-0.10.14.1-osx.dmg
Linux: https://github.com/darkcoinproject/darkcoin-binaries/raw/master/darkcoin-0.10.14.1-linux.tar.gz

 

Further discussion at Dashtalk:
https://dashtalk.org/threads/please-update-to-v10-14-1-masternode-security-update.2615/