An Incomplete History of Crypto Currency Forks

Ethereum Classic Fork

One of the most illustrative forks of a crypto currency happened in 2016.    A bug in the well known and widely used Ethereum wallet was exploited and about 12 million Ether (then $30 million) was taken.

After patching the bug, most of the community decided to do a hardfork to “reset” the blockchain back to before the exploit occurred.  They essential went back in time and started working again from the ledger as it existed at a previous moment in time.

About 15% of the community seemed to believe that the immutability of the blockchain must be a foundational principle, and that undoing transactions manually, even criminal ones, was a slippery slope.

Thus emerged Ethereum Classic.
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