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According to PIVX developers, McAfee’s Ghost privacy coin has been plagiarized

May 18, 2020

According to the developers of the PIVX data protection coin, John McAfee’s anonymity-oriented ghost project has largely plagiarized his white paper.

“After an in-depth investigation, it is obvious that the GHOST white paper was largely plagiarized from an old PIVX white paper from 2018,” tweeted PIVX on May 17th.

The PIVX developers came to the conclusion “At least 20 out of a total of 26 pages” from the Ghost white paper “contain material copied directly from the PIVX 2018 white paper“and added a series of screenshots to support his claims.

According to PIVX developers, McAfee’s Ghost privacy coin has been plagiarized
According to PIVX developers, McAfee’s Ghost privacy coin has been plagiarized

“PIVX is an MIT licensed open source project,” A blockchain representative told Cointelegraph that this was the case can be forked “as long as copyright credits remain in the code”.

As the PIVX spokesman told Cointelegraph, his primary concern is “to ensure that people know they are investing in a project with a white paper that is full of technical inaccuracies.” They argued:

“The specifications mentioned in the Ghost white paper are consistent with the Zerocoin protocol, which is not only outdated, but also has exploitable cryptographic flaws. In addition, they seem to unwittingly blend Zerocoin’s outdated specifications with the Sapling’s Protocol specifications. For example Sapling doesn’t use batteries and RSA-2048 names at all. ”

The representative of PIVX told Cointelegraph that they are not considering taking legal action against Ghost, but are concerned about the ethical issue:

“The ethical and legal thing would be to get rid of it until you can replace it with yours. Assuming your project is published on GitHub, we will check whether the MIT license is preserved and whether the copyright notices for PIVX are preserved. Otherwise we will send a DMCA removal notification to Github, as we have successfully done several times. “

A Ghost representative told Cointelegraph that his original code base “is a forked version of PIVX, just like PIVX is a fork of DASH,” and said, “But we have made many improvements and will continue to innovate and release amazing products.”

Switch’s public statement, the McAfee-supported exchange, reflects this sentiment. The Ghost team initially considered forking DASH, but chose PIVX because “it has made some amazing additions and its product is better”.. He also confirms that “some things related to certain technical aspects of the project have been minimally designed, although they have been rewritten”.

British-American businessman John McAfee, who is currently “in exile” due to tax burdens from the US authorities, announced the Ghost project in April. In a recent interview with Cointelegraph, McAfee said: “I haven’t paid taxes in 10 years and I never will.”

According to the advocate of eccentric cryptocurrency, Ghost is supported by a proof-of-stake algorithm and can be exchanged with key cryptocurrencies via atomic swaps on the decentralized McAfeeDex exchange. The anonymity token is to be published in June.