Devs Offer $5,000 to Hackers Who Manage to Bring Down ETH 2.0 Testnet

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Ethereum (ETH) developers have announced the launch of two Ethereum 2.0 testnets designed specifically to discover vulnerabilities.

Those white hat hackers who manage to bring the testnets down will get a reward, according to a tweet published earlier today.


The testnets in question are two beta-0 attacknets, Lighthouse-attack-0 and Prysm-attack-0. Each of the networks is made up of just four nodes in order to make the process of hacking easier.

“Within the attacknet directory, a is provided with human-readable, high-level configuration as well as the rules and any rewards associated with the attacknet,” the GitHub description reads.

Hackers are promised to get $5,000 for taking down each client. The testnets are said to keep operating for three months. Afterward, the developers intend to make the task more complex by launching upscaled versions of the beta clients.

On top of that, the developers have announced the launch of a public testnet with thousands of nodes, inviting everyone capable to join the test using fake ETH. The network will also remain operational for three months.

Earlier this month, Ethereum developer Justin Drake stated during an AMA session on Reddit that ETH 2.0 Phase 0 rollout may not happen this year. This opinion, however, was

rebutted by Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin.

“I personally quite disagree with this and I would favor launching phase 0 significantly before that date regardless of level of readiness,” he said.

Buterin also noted that “eth2 phase 0 is a little simpler on-net.”

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