Stanford Researchers Propose a Prototype for “Reversible Ethereum Transactions” to Mitigate Crypto Theft

Stanford Researchers Propose a Prototype for “Reversible Ethereum Transactions” to Mitigate Crypto Theft.

In an attempt to reduce the impact of crypto theft, Stanford University researchers have proposed a prototype for “reversible transactions” on Ethereum.

Still Not a Finished Concept But a Proposal to Provoke Discussion

Kaili Wang, a Stanford University blockchain researcher, shared an explanation of the Ethereum-based reversible token idea in a tweet on Sept. 25, noting that it is not a finished concept, but rather a “proposal to provoke discussion and even better solutions from the blockchain community.” saying:

“The major hacks we’ve seen are undeniably thefts with strong evidence. If there was a way to reverse those thefts under such circumstances, our ecosystem would be much safer. Our proposal allows reversals only if approved by a decentralized quorum of judges.”

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It is put together by Stanford blockchain researchers Wang, Dan Boneh, and Qinchen Wang, and it proposes “opt-in token standards that are siblings to ERC-20 and ERC-721” dubbed ERC-20R and ERC-721R.

“Billions in crypto stolen. If we can’t stop the thefts, can we reduce the harmful effects?. Over recent months, a couple other @Stanford researchers and I drew out and prototyped ERC-20R/721R to support reversible transactions on #Ethereum,” tweeted Kaili.

The Prototype Doesn’t Make Ethereum Reversible

In his explanation of the prototype, Wang clarified that it is not intended to replace ERC-20 tokens or make Ethereum reversible; rather, it is an opt-in standard that gives thieves a short window to contest and restore thefts.

Those whose funds have been stolen can submit a freeze request to a governance contract if they suspect their funds have been stolen.

After this, a decentralized court will vote “within a day or two at most” on whether to approve or reject the request.

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Furthermore, both parties could provide evidence to the judges, so they would have enough information in theory to make an informed decision.

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