The Dash blockchain has experienced a multi-hour outage and the network is now waiting for node operators to upgrade their software.
Samuel Westrich, CTO of Dash Core Group, said on May 21 that the network experienced a problem while activating v19 of Dash Core. He wrote:
“The chain is stalled and currently not producing blocks. We have everyone investigating the issue.”
DashBoost leader Pasta released an official update to Dash’s client software on May 22 that will resolve the issue. Documentation indicates that the update is mandatory and will “effectively hard fork the network” as well as delay the activation of v19.
Pasta said that the chain will be reactivated when enough masternodes and miners update their software. It seems that this has not yet occurred, as block explorers show that Dash has not confirmed any blocks for 18 hours (since 4:02 a.m. UTC on May 21, 2023).
The Dash cryptocurrency (DASH) has been minimally affected by the incident, as its price is down 0.1% over 24 hours. Bitcoin is up 0.5% while the crypto market is up 0.8%.
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