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Here’s a basic example of how a smart contract can look like: Smart contracts are one of the reasons why the Ethereum network and its cryptocurerncy —Ether— are so popular. Smart contracts is what powers most of today’s ICOs, but they also run various other Ethereum-based services and tools.

But smart contracts and are just like any other piece of code, and may sometimes contain vulnerabilities and bugs that can be exploited. A hacker exploited one such bug in the summer of 2016 to steal over $50 million worth of Ether from TheDAO organization.

That bug prompted researchers from National University of Singapore (NUS) to start looking for bugs in Ethereum smart contracts. In 2016, they created a tool named Oyente that could scan Ethereum smart contracts for bugs. They initially used Oyente to analyze 19,366 Ethereum smart contracts, discovering that 8,833 were vulnerable.

That research didn’t get too much media attention at the time, and the research team’s warning regarding the manner in which most smart contracts were being coded landed on deaf ears. However, the research team turned its attention back to scanning vulnerable Ethereum smart contracts last fall when, yet again, someone exploited a smart contract bug to mess with users’ Ether funds. Read more from…

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