The powerful and feature focused ElectrumSV wallet team has announced the release of version 1.2.4 of their Bitcoin SV (BSV) focused wallet. The release focuses on a few vital changes to keep coin-splitting working in the wallet, as well as what blockchain supporters it supports.
Announced in a Medium blog post, the update carefully explains each update, why it was necessary, and how the new functionality works, along with links to documentation.
Perhaps the most important change is a fix to get coin-splitting working once again. Sadly, coin-splitting was broken for some time, as a malicious party had hacked the faucet containing all of ElectrumSV’s BSV supply. This mandated a fix that would protect the faucet, and ensure that no further hacks would allow anyone to access the supply in the same way. Roger Taylor explained:
The faucet has been changed to require a captcha, and the way the loser was stealing the funds will no longer work. Also, because we now require the person who is splitting to use the web site directly, this gives the faucet even more leeway to be updated if the loser decides to attack the faucet again.
The full explanation of how to perform coin-splitting, the process of separating BSV from SegWitCoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCHABC), is explained in the blog. While it’s mostly the same as it was when ElectrumSV launched, it now will pop-up a browser to collect the faucet dust necessary for the procedure. This will work for wallets on the mainnet, but also wallets on the testnet and the Scaling Test Network (STN), for developers looking to try out their work.
The upgrade also brings changes to the block explorers used by ElectrumSV.