Etherscan has launched an Ethereum-based wallet-to-wallet instant messaging service dubbed “Blockscan Chat.”
It has been reported that Blockscan is currently in beta testing mode, and it enables users to engage in an instant wallet-to-wallet chat, access chats from multiple devices, block spammy or unwanted addresses, and get notified on the block explorer when a message has been received.
However, while the new feature is a great way to talk to other anons, say to negotiate an anonymous purchase, it might come in particularly handy for dealing with whitehat hackers, who have often left messages embedded in Ethereum transactions to communicate with individuals and exploited crypto platforms.
The report said that last week’s Multichain hack, which saw a supposed whitehat hacker return 322 Ether (ETH) and the $610 million PolyNetwork from last year both involved anon discussion via Ethereum transactions as part of negotiations between the culprit and victims. Etherescan subtly unveiled the new feature via a Thursday tweet that read “wonder what this is for…?” with a screenshot depicting messenger notifications on the platform.
Likewise, apart from pleading with hackers to return funds for a bounty, such as the service could be helpful in the NFT market. Twitter user bdmartino argued that the feature could be utilized for the negotiations of NFTs purchases between buyers and sellers, adding that if the transaction was conducted by a decentralized exchange both parties could reduce the fees associated with NFT platforms such as OpenSea.
Thus, according to its terms of service any user who violates its acceptable use policies such as providing false, inaccurate, or misleading information may be barred from a portion of, or all of Blockscan and Etherscan’s related services.