Justin Sun’s Tron [TRX] has been one of the top performers in the recent price surge, which collectively improved the overall market cap of the virtual asset. At press time, Tron exhibited another major surge, as the one-hour chart experienced a rapid hike of 7.50%, according to Trading View.
According to CoinMarketCap, Tron was the eleventh largest cryptocurrency at press time with a market capitalization of $1.93 billion. The trade volume for the token was around $709 million and the coin was priced at $0.0289.
The token was traded the most on the Fatbtc exchange via the TRX/ETH pair, which accounted for 8.52 percent of the volume, equivalent to $63 million. BW.com exchange followed up in second place with a trade volume of 8.44 percent via the trade pair TRX/USDT.
Crypto enthusiasts attributed the current price surge to a statement made by Justin Sun on Twitter, where he hinted at a major announcement with regards to Tron and BitTorrent.
The announcement gathered the attention of the crypto-community and the market responded to the announcement as capital started flowing into the token’s market. Jayden Crypto, a popular crypto-trader, also responded to the upcoming announcement and indicated that a major flash hike might be in the offing for Justin Sun-led cryptocurrency.
— Jayden Crypto 💎 (@jayden_crypto) 26 May 2019
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Bitcoin and Ethereum Classic find themselves on opposite ends of the 51% attack spectrum
Every revolutionary product comes with its own fallacy. However, to its internal metrics, in order for that product to remain adherent to the principle it hopes to expound, the cryptocurrency world is no less. Bitcoin [BTC] and other Proof-of-Work [PoW] cryptos have an in-built fallacy as well, the dreaded “51 percent attack.”
A recent study by cryptocurrency analytics firm LongHash, detailed the cryptocurrencies that are the closest to being subjected to the aforementioned attack.
The report looked at ten of the most significant PoW coins including, Bitcoin, Ethereum [ETH], Bitcoin Cash [BCH], Litecoin [LTC], Dash [DASH], Bitcoin SV [BSV], Zcash [ZEC], Monero [XMR], Ethereum Classic [ETC], and Bitcoin Gold [BTG].
Prior to detailing the study, Longhash listed out the two key points required to execute a 51 percent attack. First, a single mining pool/entity/individual would have to control over 50 percent of a network’s mining power. Second, the energy expenses related to the same, based on renting or sheer purchase of mining power.
Dividing the parameters of performance into two key parts, LongHash initially looked at the one-hour attack cost based on data from OnChainFX as on June 19, and consequently, the percentage of mining power available for rent on NiceHash. The matrix for an unsuccessful attack would be a high one-hour attack cost with low power availability, deeming the network “quite safe.”
Bitcoin took the top spot, with the report stating that there exists “very little power available to rent,” coupled with a “very high hourly attack cost.”
Traversing down the estimate cost Y-axis, several coins are scattered including, LTC, ETH, BCH, ZEC, BSV, DASH, and XMR, citing low power available via NiceHash. However, the estimated cost to rent the mining power is fairly low.
The report added,
“Most tokens, however, are clustered in the bottom-right corner of our chart, with low mining power availability and hourly attack costs north of $10,000, which makes them appear relatively safe.”
Moving horizontally further down the total mining power X-axis, BTG is the sole cryptocurrency exhibiting around 35 percent mining power availability on Nice Hash, with the lowest estimated cost to rent 51 percent of mining power for sixty minutes.
The biggest worry by far, was Ethereum Classic. The ETH hardfork had more than 80 percent of its mining power available on NiceHash, while the hourly attack was estimated to cost less than $10,000.
Earlier this year, the ETC network was the subject of a 51 percent attack, with several exchanges pausing ETC-related transactions in the process. The attack led to several cases of network double-spends and re-organisations totaling around $1.1 million or 219,500 ETC.
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