"We'll find him. He only needs to mess up once for the community to find him out."
Reminder: the Ethereum Foundation has no involvement in the DAO. All DAO token holders and curators are doing so as private individuals.
Vitalik ButerinMay 28, 2016
It's a tough accusation: Did the security researcher, Sirer, know about the DAO's problem before the hack without informing the core team about it? But it's also the type of accusation that programmers don't normally make publicly—in security circles, the consensus is typically that especially these kinds of volatile loopholes and accusations should be discussed privately.
Roughly three weeks after the hack, miners reached a general consensus in favor of the hard fork. Nothing is certain until the code is released and miners actually implement it, but Tual and his colleagues have a little room to breathe. "I am quite sure the hard fork will be successful because no one wants the robber to win," he said.Since the $53 million were hacked in mid-June, basically everyone on the team at Stephan Tual's startup, Slock.it, has been busy limiting the extent of the damage and trying to get back the money. "Slock.it put a huge amount of work in building the framework for the DAO. At least six months of work—that's a net loss, we are financially and mentally exhausted," Tual said.At 5 AM CEST on Thursday, July 14, the hacker made a move to set themselves up to grab the funds, confirming malicious intent.I asked Lefteris Karapetsas again what would actually happen if something went awry and the hard fork fails. According to Karapetsas, in the worst case the assailant will get away with the millions. Then the only question is, where does it go? The biggest crypto exchanges wouldn't allow any transactions that have a connection to criminal accounts, according to Karapetsas. If the hard fork does fail, then the $53 million from the DAO would really be lost: Out of reach of Tual and his developer colleagues, and useless to the attacker who to this day remains anonymous.Correction: A sentence in an earlier version of this story erroneously implied in one that there would need to be two hard forks; in fact the only scenario up for debate was one soft fork, one hard fork.This article originally appeared on Motherboard Germany.
At 5 AM CEST on Thursday, July 14, the hacker made a move to set themselves up to grab the funds, confirming malicious intent