IOTA Stronghold Alpha Release
• Dec 24, 2020
Stronghold is an open-source software library that was originally built to protect IOTA Seeds, but can be used to protect any digital secret. It is a secure database for working with cryptography, which ensures that secrets (like private keys) are never revealed. It provides its own peer-to-peer communication layer, so that different instances can securely communicate using the state-of-the-art Noise Protocol. Stronghold will form a secure base for the new IOTA Firefly wallet.
In an increasingly interconnected world of smart devices, whether phone, energy meter, television, or even credit card, the importance of real security will only grow. IoT devices need to securely communicate with each other over hostile networks. It must be clear to everyone reading this, that there is a very real need to keep data, like identity and digital driver’s licences safe from centralized hacks. The problem is not that this risk is unknown. It is just a very hard challenge to solve correctly. We accepted that challenge to protect the IOTA ecosystem and build libraries that anyone can use.
Since the first announcement of Stronghold, we have been growing the team, revising the internals of the engine, and researching applications that can be built with Stronghold. Today, we are happy to announce the Alpha release, which turns the corner of research to development. We dubbed this release “Saint-Malo”, after the wonderful fortified city on the northern French coast of Brittany that was rebuilt after the second world war. That once-pirate hideaway has recovered and survived, its massive walls protecting it from the immense attacks of the tides.
Dev Status Update - December, 2020
• Dec 18, 2020
Published by the IOTA dev team every month, this update will provide you with news and updates about our key projects! Please click here if you want to see the last status update.
The research department is also releasing a monthly update that you might want to read.
IOTA 1.5 (also known as Chrysalis) is the mainnet’s intermediate stage before Coordicide is complete. You can read more about the strategy for releasing Chrysalis here.
The Chrysalis phase 1 components were deployed to mainnet in August. The engineering team is now working on Chrysalis phase 2.
Implementing Chrysalis phase 2
Earlier this week, we made the Chrysalis testnet open to the public. This will allow us to test all the Chrysalis components in the open, as well as add the remaining capabilities and products to the mix. For example, Firefly is set to become available, first to a limited number of testers, soon.
We are now also releasing weekly updates on Chrysalis phase 2 progress on the weeks between monthly dev updates. Things will be quiet over the holidays, but we will be back in full strength in the New Year. If you are interested in what is going on over the holidays, make sure to check our Discord!
IOTA Defining Moments 2020 Meetup – Digital Edition
• Dec 21, 2020
The year has been a busy one – not only thanks to Corona. A lot has happened in the IOTA universe, too. That is why we see it as our duty to recap all the great events and achievements of the past year.
We had an amazing digital event yesterday, December 17th! In case you missed it, you can still watch the presentations by our team. Special thanks to IOTAShops and einfachIOTA for making this Meetup happen.
You can also check all the presentations from the IOTA Foundation members:
Dominik Schiener, Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors & Founder
Holger Köther, Director of Partnerships
Hans Moog, Software Engineer
Antonio Nardella, Community Manager
Charlie Varley, Tech Lead
We wish all the IOTA Community Happy Holidays!
The IOTA Foundation team