- The host stated that the Ledger users have felt betrayed as the platform has not been transparent about its new seed phrase retrieval feature.
- The video concluded by suggesting the crypto community remains calm for a few days before drawing conclusions about the severity of the issue.
Altcoin Daily, a YouTube channel run by the brothers Aaron and Austin Arnold, released its new video discussing the havoc over the hardware wallets, namely, the Ledger Wallet and the Trezor wallet.
On May 16, Ledger announced its new update, Ledger Recover, a retrieval solution for its hardware crypto wallets, claiming that the new feature intends to safeguard the users if they misplace their seed phrase:
Following the announcement, several ledger wallet owners popped up with their discontent with the wallet’s novel feature. For instance, the DeFi and NFT founder foobar, came forward with stark criticism against Ledger wallets, quoting:
“Stop using Ledger hardware wallets. Migrate away from them immediately. They’ve shown nothing but gross incompetence and wild misunderstanding of their own purpose. And now they’ve publicly admitted to intentionally backdooring their own proprietary hardware.”
Foobar’s severe comments came immediately after the Ledger co-founder’s response to an individual’s question about whether there is a “backdoor” for the recovery feature; the response was that there are no such backdoors which made the Ledger users “feel betrayed”.
Foobar added that “a hardware wallet should have a secure enclave where the private key never leaves the device, under any circumstances”, a comment described by Altcoin Daily as a “hyperbole”. Altcoin Daily asserted that the new feature would be helpful for at least some of the community members.
Altcoin Daily also addressed the chaos regarding the Trezor wallet following its announcement of the implementation of CoinJoin, a Bitcoin privacy technology, in collaboration with Wasabi Wallet.
The crypto community pointed out the censorship concerns surrounding the update. For example, the host of the Proof of the Decentralized Podcast Chris Blec tweeted that the tool would block BTC transactions.
The video concluded by suggesting the crypto community remains calm for a few days before drawing conclusions about the severity of the hardware wallet controversies. The host added that he would be doing the same.