The Shake: Mar. 21, 2021

The Shake is your weekly recap of the Handshake ecosystem and protocol.

Community / Tech / Stats / CWeb

HandyCon. Videos of the first Handshake convention are uploaded for replay.

Namer News. The site is quickly becoming a community hub for Handshake development updates. Use your HNS name to sign in and contribute to the conversation.

Namebase Registry. In the next few weeks, Namebase will open up the registry program to the public, meaning anyone with a Namebase account and a TLD will be able to sell SLDs. Gateway.io will accept all names while 101Domain & Encirca will be more selective. It’s important to note that this program is 100% custodial. Namebase withholds 30% of your list price as commission & registrars will mark up the price, often by double, from there. That being said, Mark Smith breaks down which names may be a good fit for the program here.

Bidding Bugs. An update from Johnny Wu at Namebase for ongoing bidding bugs due to a block reorg.

Community / Tech / Stats / CWeb

HMail. Set up email on your Handshake name for 3 HNS / month. Sebastian is also working on a new web mail interface.

HNSsearch. Current development includes autocomplete menu for !hnsdirect, block explorer integrations, and crypto price display when searching cryptocurrencies.

HIP-0001. The reverse auction concept with locktimes developed by Kurumiimari at ShakeDex was added to HIP-0001: non-interactive name swaps.

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Name Metrics
Names opened surpasses 800k, ticking closer to the seven-figure mark.

$HNS Metrics
Nearly 1% of total supply has now been burned through top-level domain auctions.

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DeFi Frontends. A DNS hack compromised DeFi frontends for both CREAM Finance and Pancake Swap leading some users to see requests for seed phrases on the respectives sites. A postmortem report was published Wednesday. Related context that sheds light about how the recent DNS-level attacks could've been mounted:

There are several ways for your query to be hijacked.
(1) Take over one or more of the authoritative DNS servers
(2) Cache poisoning injects malicious data to the recursive server
(3) Take over the registration of the domain itself and reroute users
(4) DDoS can turn small queries into large ones, taking down the user’s servers

If this were on Handshake, it'd be impossible to compromise in any useful way. Using the HNS chain as your trust anchor renders you immune to these attacks w/o trusting a central authority. Technically, just using DNSSEC alone will render you immune to TLD-level vulns, but in the traditional web world, you're still trusting ICANN at the DNS level. The power play is to set up DNSSEC + HNS and now you're powering DeFi on a fully decentralized, trustless dWeb infra. - @chjango


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