The secretary of The Robin Hood Group — that once stole 10 percent of circulating ETH from under a black hat hacker’s nose — wants to change the way we think about childbirth.
A former chemical engineer, Griff Green, 36, traded in his savings for valuable metals, which he used to travel the world for years before settling as a Bitcoin missionary in Ecuador. He led a white hat hacker warfare against the infamous black hat of The DAO, and he chased cryptocurrency camps at Burning Man to spread the word about crypto — while dressed as Santa and riding a massive metallic Doge.
However a malicious actor found an exploit allowing funds to be progressively drained in The DAO’s accounts. Green immediately organized his white hat hacker collective, The Robin Hood Group, to launch a counteroffensive.
He was hired by Slock.it, a firm developing on ETH, as a community director responsible for coordinating and teaching The DAO’s community.
Green jumped onto a Slack station for The DAO’s investors, imploring them not to fear as his team hurried to drain what was left of their job’s holdings before the Turks could. He encouraged users to spam the system as much as you possibly can slow down it and increase gas fees, making it harder for the Actual hacker:
“The DAO is being assaulted. It’s been going on for 3-4 hours, it is draining ETH at a rapid speed. This is not a drill… We need to spam the Network so that we could mount a counter strike all of the brightest minds in the ETH world are in this.”
Legal threats started pouring in, telling the group that the ETC should be distributed, regardless of the fact that”We’re just normal people, we did not have a business,” he says looking back. All the members of this group jumped on planes and”flew to Switzerland to find legal representation, and it was the very first time we met in person.” At some point, the funds were returned via a DApp that Green’s team coded.
About a year later in November 2017, the group had comparable success rescuing $210 million in the Parity multisig wallet hack. We stole all this money, but you can trust us because we already gave back all the money in The DAO,”’ Green recalls. But he clarifies that this was insecure for the now-public group because anybody can use Google to learn where they — and thus, the personal keys — are available. This night, Green”slept on a mattress having a baseball bat before the doorway,” stressing someone might come to choose the keys by force.
Hacking is not the sole way in which Green has put himself at risk in the name of his principles. After the autonomous region of Catalonia tried to vote for independence from Spain in 2017, Green moved into a polling station to serve as a human shield to protect the electoral process from”the authorities, who had been beating people to steal the ballots.” This experience convinced Green that decentralized governance on the blockchain can only work efficiently if individuals can conduct their habitats without relying on centralized net providers. The result was DAppNode, which assists individuals around the world set up peer-to-peer infrastructure.