No, DigiByte (DGB) Is Not Falling Victim to a 51% Attack

No, DigiByte (DGB) Is Not Falling Victim to a 51% Attack

For the past few days, sourcing information from a Reddit post, a few cryptocurrency media publications have been running stories on DigiByte (DGB) highlighting the blockchain project’s alleged susceptibility to a 51% percent. In response, Jared Tate, the founder of DigiByte, took to Twitter to clear the air proving such allegations to be unfounded.

Putting Rumors to Rest

DigiByte (DGB), an open-source decentralized blockchain project focused on cybersecurity was recently alleged to have certain hashpower discrepancies. Essentially, a few cryptocurrency media outlets speculated the possibility of a potential 51% percent being carried out on the DigiByte blockchain.

To put such unconfirmed allegations to rest, Jared Tate, in a series of Tweets, separated facts from flak pertaining to DigiByte’s alleged susceptibility to a 51% attack.

Tate explained that Qubit and Skein algorithms account for 40% of DigiByte’s mining pool at all times and in any instance of a drastic rise in hashpower, DGB’s protocol automatically makes the necessary difficulty readjustments to the rest of the three algos – SHA256, Scrypt, and Odocrypt.

Such a mining mechanism makes it extremely difficult for ill-scheming miners to dominate or establish any sort of monopoly over the DigiByte blockchain. Tate added the pace of difficulty adjustment of DigiByte is faster compared to that of Bitcoin (BTC) and Litecoin (LTC).

Tate noted that unlike numerous other single algo system blockchain networks, DigiByte’s multi-algo system sets an independent difficulty for each of the 5 algos associated with DGB mining infrastructure.

Notably, DigiByte’s Chief Fun Officer, Joseph Spackman, also shared some data to prove how stories floating around that claim an impending 51% attack on DigiByte are misleading. He added that the DGB network is far more decentralized than that of LTC or BTC.

Compared to the likes of BTC and LTC, whose block difficulty is adjusted after every 2106 blocks (roughly taking 2 weeks and 3.5 days, respectively), DigiByte’s difficulty is adjusted every 1 block for all 5 algos which further bolsters its security mechanism and mitigates the risk of its mining infrastructure falling victim to an enterprising miner.

Clearing the Cobweb of Misinformation

Giving an example, Tate noted that in a hypothetical situation of an attacker accumulating 99% power of 1 algo and 40% of other 4 algos, they would still only be able to command 47.9% of DigiByte’s net hash which would still not be enough to orchestrate a 51% attack.

Tate further strengthened his argument by citing the “inaccurate misinformation” shared by Litecoin (LTC) proponent Charlie Lee in 2018. At the time, Tate said that DigiByte had fixed the infamous difficulty adjustment bug via its “Multishield” difficulty adjustment which essentially ensures a fair and equitable 20% distribution of hash power among all the five algorithms. The adjustment is also able to quickly detect any sudden surge in hash power on the blockchain.

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Concluding, DigiByte founder said a massive increase in the price of a digital token is expected to attract an increase in the mining activity of the concerning cryptocurrency. At press time, DGB trades at $0.11 with a market cap of more than $144 million.

Aisshwarya Tiwari

Aisshwarya is currently working as the Chief Editor at and holds more than 4 years of experience in the digital assets industry. He holds an undergraduate degree in Commerce with Honours and a post-graduate diploma in Liberal Studies. Before entering the crypto industry, Aisshwarya worked as an SAP Consultant for a global IT firm. He also cleared the CFA Level 1 exam before pivoting to the crypto industry due to its novel and exciting propositions.