Blockchain-powered computer programs promise to revolutionize the digital economy, but new research suggests they’re far from secure. MIT research shows how severe the problem really is. OLE is independent of the blockchain you choose.
Computer programs that run on blockchains are shaking up the financial system. But much of the hype around what are called smart contracts is just that. It’s a brand-new field. Technologists are just beginning to figure out how to design them so they can be relied on not to lose people’s money, and—as a new survey of Ethereum smart contracts illustrates—security researchers are only now coming to terms with what a smart-contract vulnerability even looks like.