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  1. 5 points
    A Warm Welcome from PAWS Founders & Team We would like to thank you all for joining us at PAWS! The mission of PAWS is to provide animals with the basic necessities for a happy and healthy life, including love and care. At first, the vision of PAWS was primarily focused on care and support for dogs and cats, but progressively extended outwards to wildlife and also endangered wildlife. The PAWS project gives us personal satisfaction as pet owners or as having grown up with pets around us. Our pets have been an important part of our families and we would now like to give something back as appreciation for everything we have gained and learned from this unconditional love. PAWS has chosen to create a cryptocurrency, as it is one of the best modern methods for instantaneous transactions and minimal transaction fees. We feel that this allows for contributors and donors to be able to have more of their donations directly support the cause or campaign to their choosing, rather than getting gouged by third party service fees. Utilizing blockchain technology allows for transactions to be more easily tracked on an open, public ledger. Now, everyone can see exactly how much funding or resources are sent, received, and where they go. PAWS utilizes masternodes as a way of validating transactions on the blockchain. This not only provides a more safe and accurate way to verify data, but also creates a faster network. Members are able to set up a masternode(s) and contribute to the network. In return, they receive rewards that are paid in PAWS. Let us build the future together! PAWS Team
  2. 3 points
    1. No advertising/spam (subject relative to the forums) 2. No negative, hateful, disrespectful comments 3. Do not post or share private information publicly These are the main three rules and very simple to follow. We want this server to be solely for PAWSand PAWS-related subjects. PAWS community is for people to come receive help and give help to others to work together to achieve our goals. *PAWS Community is not responsible for any decisions you make. We are not a financial advice group, nor do we give financial advice. You are responsible for all of your own decisions and please remember to only invest what you can afford to lose. Thank you! Please only trust information and updates from staff members. Never send any of your personal account information, wallet addresses, or funds to anyone. If you ever have any doubt, please verify with the Official PAWS Team. Under no circumstances should you post your private information in the public forums (this means your name, public address, private keys, etc.). Always protect yourself and please inform other members of these rules and guidelines, in case they violate them or are unaware. We are doing our best to look out for everyone and would appreciate for everyone to take care of each other and let's grow together. Thank you!
  3. 1 point
    Dear PAWS Community As mentioned earlier, PAWS management have met and come to a decision after Crypto-Bridge failed to make the right decision and return the funds to CHT. We believe that none of our users should lose out due to the unjust action of others. However it is not easy to instantly introduce an additional 25k PAWS into circulation. The stolen coins are in the market and out of our control. Recently over the space of 1 week, we reduced the supply on Crypto-Bridge from 56k to 29k, only to see it rise again with dumpers and others selling when demand was low. The decision we have made: CHT have now twice been victims of hackers in the space of a few months, the first time we were lucky to escape, so we will not be returning PAWS to CHT and will be asking to be delisted. All users that lost their coins will be reimbursed from PAWS company funds but this can’t be instantly. An account will be created on our platform With 25k PAWS deposited. This will be left to grow and accumulate for a maximum period of 3 months, or sooner if market conditions improve. When the time is right we will deposit the appropriate shares from the accumulated pool in accounts of all users that were affected. We realise that 3 months can be a long time but many of you are in this for the long term and we hope you are happy that we are covering your losses and protecting our current situation with this gesture. Could all users that were affected by the hack please create an account and it is strongly advised to enable 2FA and drop your details in with the number of coins that you have lost. We will verify all details to be correct before funds are sent to your accounts. We would also like to ask all of our community to help us reduce supply in circulation and do their part with us and if they can buy even small amounts of PAWS from exchanges to reduce the supply, it would be greatly appreciated. At PAWS we are not just creating a crypto project, we're building a global animal charity and brand! PAWS Team
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    IMPORTANT SECURITY ANNOUNCEMENT Incident Report The PAWS Team would like to inform the community of an incident recorded on the PAWS blockchain and the actions we have taken to mitigate the issue and will be taking in the next coming days to fix it. What does this mean for you? What does it mean for the average investor or user of our network? Nothing at all. Your funds are safely stored in your wallet or at our partners services. There have been no theft of any of your holdings. The attackers have been able to take a larger share of the staking rewards than they were entitled to, which is theft from the community. We have now reduced the influence from these attackers, by enabling staking on our large wallets containing the Donation Fund and the Operational Fund, reducing influence from any malicious party. We will keep this in place, until the updated wallets have been released and the entire network has been upgraded. We do need your help with the following: Once we make the announcement that wallets need to be updated, we urge all of you to download the new software from our GITHUB and upgrade your wallet. DO not under any circumstances download any software from anywhere else but our github repository which can be found in #official-links and under the "Wallets" link on our website. If you know of someone that has a wallet, make sure they update the wallet before doing ANY transfers. String of events On 13/1/2019 we started recording strange transactions on the blockchain in the PAWS network, that we initially treated as an anomaly or a wallet that had gone crazy. The transactions started from 1 address containing 942 PAWS, which was then split in many small amounts on many addresses. Over a period of 2-3 days, we noticed that someone or more likely something was moving the small amounts from those addresses to new addresses, sometimes with only minutes in between. The transactions contained many input addresses and many output addresses with unequal sizes. This is not something that can be created with our wallet. Other symptoms were that the multisend features seized to work on many wallets, and the machines staking the big wallets were showing bigger memory and cpu consumption. The multisend feature is probably affected by the larger memory consumption caused by the large transactions being placed on the network. Our analysis showed, that these actions were causing the initiator of these transactions to gain more staking rewards than he was entitled to. And that also meant, that this person was able to validate more blocks that he was supposed to. And finally, the large blocks did put an additional strain on many of the machines running wallets, as the blockchain was growing faster that it should normally, and using more RAM and CPU on validating block. We did not consider these actions to be a bug or a mistake. To us it looked like a deliberate action from someone, to either hurt the network or obtain funds they were not entitled to. On 21/1/2019, we reached out to a number of fellow community blockchain projects, as we observed similar patterns on their blockchains. Responses were positive. We also managed to make contact with the PIVX community later that day. This was not an easy task, but we got in touch with some good people that could work with us on finding the problem. Initial response The only addresses that are owned by PAWS that are staking, are the 6 corporate masternode addresses. Since we could clearly see, this was an issue with staking and was not impacting the masternode reward distribution. The largest staking addresses were the 6 corporate masternodes, but those were not able to prevent the attacker from taking more than 25% of the staking rewards. We decided after a few days to activate staking of our Operational Fund (PXFUND), which meant a significant lower portion of staking rewards went to the attacker. The Operational Fund contains a significant number of coins, which means that it can win a large number of staking rewards. Activating staking on this address, obviously means that PAWS is getting those rewards that we always promised should go to the community. During a short period we also added the Donation Fund to the pool of staking addresses (PDFUND) which caused 75% of the staking rewards to go to PAWS operated addresses, very little to the community and almost none to the attacker. Since this is a serious situation, we have bypassed that promise for now, until the situation is under control. We will obviously disable staking of those addresses, as soon as the problem is fixed. And we might find a way to return those staking rewards to the community at a later point in time. The problem Details of the problem can be found in a paper published by 3 students of the University og Illinois and their mentor. In the summer of 2018, they explored possible vulnerabilities with regards to validation of Proof-of-Stake before committing resources. What started as a paper to proof whether or not it was possible to exhaust resources in the PoS blockchain, also uncovered other issues related to inadequate validation. What we have been experiencing is what is called stake grinding, which is an attack vector to try and manipulate the stake selection algorithm in ones own favour. This can be used to obtain funds they are not entitled to, but it can also lead to taking control of the network What we have been experiencing is called stake amplification, which is mentioned in the medium.com article in the bottom of this article. What it means is that one can obtain a heavy staking weight, usually reserved for wallets with many coins, with a relatively small amount of coins by amplifying the weight of those coins. In practise this is achieved by adding lots of transactions to the blockchain that are not necessarily valid but will give weight to your staking addresses. Those transactions are accepted due to inadequate validation checks that will allow such transactions if hidden away in a bunch of valid transactions. Permanent Solution After we got in touch with the PIVX community and some of their developers, we have been able to find a solution. This is being tested in our testnet as we speak. Once the fix has been implemented in our wallet, we will release a new version of the wallet. This is a mandatory update. All investors that use a PAWS wallet as well as investors with one or more masternodes, will have to update their wallet. We realise that this is cumbersome and stressful for some, but we will provide instructions and an update script to help those operating their own masternode. Those that use (shared) hosting services will not have to worry, as the upgrade will be performed by our partners. Also exchanges will have to update the wallet, which might cause a small downtime in service. The release of the new wallet is scheduled before the end of this month. It is needless to say, that we will be on discord supporting all of you that need help with upgrading their masternodes. Aftermath We are convinced, that the attacker is using the same mechanisms to attack several other PoS blockchains gaining the same advantages. We will be working with those teams that are interested to resolve the issue on their blockchain as well. In the end it is in the interest of all our projects and their honest investors that the blockchain they use to transfer and store their funds are secure and safe. We will continue to monitor our blockchain in the future as we have done until now and act as necessary to protect our investors and our own interests. This incident report emphasizes that we want a open and transparent dialog with our community. Links to detailed information (especially the section on stake amplification): https://medium.com/@dsl_uiuc/fake-stake-attacks-on-chain-based-proof-of-stake-cryptocurrencies-b8b05723f806 We would like to thank: Sanket Kanjalkar, Joseph Kuo, Yunqi Li, Andrew Miller University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign For their finding and the detailed doc they have created http://fc19.ifca.ai/preproceedings/180-preproceedings.pdf
  5. 1 point
    The project looks attractive. But I only joined him when I studied the project documentation. Then I talked with my colleagues and we came to the conclusion that this is a really good, interesting project for investment. I recommend to consider this opportunity, how to join the project
  6. 1 point
    Hej all, This is the first post in a series of how to use the PAWS coin wallet. This is the wallet for Windows and Mac OS X. Once it is installed and running, you can obtain an address with the following steps: 1. Click Receive on the left side. 2. Then click Request payment 3. Copy Address After that, you have a new address for your wallet in the clipboard which you can past anywhere you want to receive a payment.
  7. 1 point
    Hej guys, Please post suggestions with regards to the project or the forum in this section. We are always looking for ways to improve our platforms. In this section we are not looking for suggestions for other projects and airdrops.
  8. 1 point
    Welcome all to the the support forum where all questions about and with regards to the PAWS Masternode can be dropped and where answers will be supplied by staff or other community members. The masternodes are the backbone of any crypto currency based on a Proof-of-Stake (PoS). The masternodes secure the blockchain and provide services to the network. The software is basically the same as the wallet software, but it runs in a special mode. Anyone is allowed to operate a masternode, provided that the operator has a certain amount of collateral in his or her wallet. Please make sure that you use proper language when addressing one other and keep a good tone. No question is too dumb and remember at all times that we are here to help each other. If you have a problem, then try and find the answer on the forum before asking the question. This might be quicker in many cases, as others might have experienced similar problems and answers are possibly already available on the forum. Now I'd like to invite you all to dig in and ask for help if the answer cannot be found... it won't be long before we are with you. Try to describe your problem as detailed as possible. Copy and paste error messages or even screenshots if at all possible. That way we can quickly determine what the problem is and solve it even quicker.
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