Stevan Lohja
Dec 4, 2018 · 2 min read
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So you’ve been wondering what’s been going on with the heated discussions in ETC lately. Maybe read some articles that ETC is hacked or there is no dev team anymore eh? Well, let me explain.

Was the Ethereum Classic Github hacked?

NO: The user krycoder had ownership rights to the ETC community codebase ( and removed ownership rights from other shared owners making themselves the sole owner of the repository. This functionality is a GitHub feature, not a hack. Igor Artamonov of ETCDEV made an agreement with DFG to add the krycoder account with ownership rights. Krycoder then removed owner rights of other users of the ETC community repository with the krycoder account the sole owner of the repository. DFG is working together with community leaders to restore federated ownership of the repository. At the moment, krycoder has been suspended by GitHub support and no damages have been done to the ETC codebase.

[Update Dec 13, 2018]

ETC Labs claims sole ownership of the ETC community codebase. ETC community leaders create new Github org organization at

Is ETCDEV closed?

ETCDEV activity does exist, but it’s inactive in it’s dedication to Ethereum Classic.

Why is ETCDEV closed?

ETCDEV is a company that employed a team to work on core Ethereum Classic projects. The company ran into funding issues.

Is ETCDEV being taken over?

NO. ETCDEV, is not being “taken over”. Former employees of ETCDEV are free to make their own employment decisions, even if that means joining other core dev teams.

Does ETC still have ETC developers?

YES: ETCDEV is simply one of many companies and independent contributors in the ETC ecosystem. Former ETCDEV members are and can contribute to ETC in other organizations or independently.

Are ETCDEV developers being poached?

NO: ETCDEV developers have every right to seek other opportunities. Unpaid employees aren’t poached.

Did ETC Labs copy ETCDEV code?

YES: Krycoder copied ETCDEV’s open source projects. Anyone can copy and fork open source code while maintaining original licenses.

What was the big deal than?

There is no big deal, just big egos.

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