New research suggests that Tron copied code from other cryptocurrencies. Digital Asset Research (DAR) published a Medium post on June 19, 2018. They claim to have researched Tron, finding plagiarism in the code. The Tron Foundation have also been accused of copying and pasting code directly from the Ethereum Github.
Tron Copied Code?
Tron is a cryptocurrency that aims to rival Ethereum for decentralized applications, and it is widely held to have copied the code from Ethereum libraries. On December 31, 2017, Tron was accused of violating the GNU Lesser General Public License v3.0 (LGPL) for copying from one of the first Ethereum libraries. The licenses were later acquired. However, this new research indicates further evidence of Tron plagiarism. Additionally, it has been claimed that a minimum of nine pages of the Tron whitepaper has been plagiarized. The text was taken from either Filecoin or the IPFS papers. Tron founder Justin Sun has called it a mistranslation.
DAR believe that the ethics and legalities of the copied code are itself not a primary concern compared to the technical risks. The Ethereum library that was copied is said to be unstable with memory leakage. The Tron virtual machine is a copy of the Ethereum virtual machine but with changes that increase the attack surface. Also, by using a delegated proof of stake, the Tron network is held to be further exposed to attacks. The project combines technologies from several different architectures.
While there is little doubt that Tron has borrowed heavily from other cryptocurrencies, it enjoys considerable publicity and backing. Koinex and CEO.Bi was publicly supportive of the recent $3 billion Tron token migration, and Justin Sun is something of a celebrity in China with an impressive background for somebody who is only 27. After all, he founded the Peiwo app, which has 10 million users. Tron recently acquired BitTorrent for $140 million and saw an upsurge in price before the token migration. A total of 30 cryptocurrency exchanges are supporting the Tron token migration. Tron is partnered with Bitmain, oBike, and Zag S&W.
Like EOS, Tron has been in trouble recently and is running into some difficulties, despite having significant backing and support. If Tron copied the code and is indeed badly designed, then it could be the equivalent of a Chinese Ethereum. The Chinese market is known for taking Western products and selling them for a fraction of the price. This often leads to QC and QA issues. The accusations of copied code and technical risks with Tron match this well-known market phenomenon.
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