DAO “Attacker” address

If you’ve been following yesterday’s story of the DAO hack that drained over 3M Ethereum into a certain wallet, you’d love to know there’s more drama to it.

Today the address of the “attacker” started circulating. It’s been pasted here and this is what it contains:

  1. ===== BEGIN SIGNED MESSAGE =====
  2. To the DAO and the Ethereum community,
  3. I have carefully examined the code of The DAO and decided to participate after finding the feature where splitting is rewarded with additional ether. I have made use of this feature and have rightfully claimed 3,641,694 ether, and would like to thank the DAO for this reward. It is my understanding that the DAO code contains this feature to promote decentralization and encourage the creation of “child DAOs”.
  4. I am disappointed by those who are characterizing the use of this intentional feature as “theft”. I am making use of this explicitly coded feature as per the smart contract terms and my law firm has advised me that my action is fully compliant with United States criminal and tort law. For reference please review the terms of the DAO:
  5. “The terms of The DAO Creation are set forth in the smart contract code existing on the Ethereum blockchain at 0xbb9bc244d798123fde783fcc1c72d3bb8c189413. Nothing in this explanation of terms or in any other document or communication may modify or add any additional obligations or guarantees beyond those set forth in The DAO’s code. Any and all explanatory terms or descriptions are merely offered for educational purposes and do not supercede or modify the express terms of The DAO’s code set forth on the blockchain; to the extent you believe there to be any conflict or discrepancy between the descriptions offered here and the functionality of The DAO’s code at 0xbb9bc244d798123fde783fcc1c72d3bb8c189413, The DAO’s code controls and sets forth all terms of The DAO Creation.”
  6. A soft or hard fork would amount to seizure of my legitimate and rightful ether, claimed legally through the terms of a smart contract. Such fork would permanently and irrevocably ruin all confidence in not only Ethereum but also the in the field of smart contracts and blockchain technology. Many large Ethereum holders will dump their ether, and developers, researchers, and companies will leave Ethereum. Make no mistake: any fork, soft or hard, will further damage Ethereum and destroy its reputation and appeal.
  7. I reserve all rights to take any and all legal action against any accomplices of illegitimate theft, freezing, or seizure of my legitimate ether, and am actively working with my law firm. Those accomplices will be receiving Cease and Desist notices in the mail shortly.
  8. I hope this event becomes an valuable learning experience for the Ethereum community and wish you all the best of luck.
  9. Yours truly,
  10. “The Attacker”
  11. ===== END SIGNED MESSAGE =====
  12. Message Hash (Keccak): 0xaf9e302a664122389d17ee0fa4394d0c24c33236143c1f26faed97ebbd017d0e
  13. Signature: 0x5f91152a2382b4acfdbfe8ad3c6c8cde45f73f6147d39b072c81637fe81006061603908f692dc15a1b6ead217785cf5e07fb496708d129645f3370a28922136a32

Interestingly enough he claims that since the possibility of Ethereum drainage was embedded into the ready DAO and made possible by creation of “child DAOs”. The vulnerability is not a vulnerability per se, he claims, but only the way smart contracts work.

Forking (no matter if hard or soft), he claims, is going to kill both Ethereum and DAO, and this opinion is not unpopular on Reddit. All kinds of opinions are also heard on the “attacker”‘s letter discussion on Reddit.

OK, all tech talk aside, what’s in it for your average cryptomonies maker?

For now – ETH keeps falling:


As the ping-pong with all the messages and personal statements will continue – ETH is unlikely to go up any time soon, unless there is some publicity miracle.

If you woke up into all of this just now consider buying some ETH and scalping microprofits with all the fluctuations. Do not “bet” large though since it’s all pretty much gambling at this point. Here’s a genius advice on what to do in such situations:

I didn’t understand DAO at the beginning and I don’t understand it now; my feeling is a lot of people who think they understand it, don’t.

Never invest in anything you don’t understand, or shit like this could happen, if this is real, then it looks like this person is now very, very, rich.


We at WildBTC are not looking at Ethereum as some world-changing technology to eradicate errors, hunger and world poverty. We are all about eradicating poverty one reader at a time, so here’s what this development means

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