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Abra and the Upcoming Segwit2X Fork

We will provide more updates as we get closer to the November 18th Segwit2X activation date.  

What is happening?

On or around November 18th a hard fork enabling the Bitcoin network to support up to 2MB blocks is expected to occur. This follows the soft fork upgrade earlier this year that added support for Segregated Witness, often referred to as SegWit, signatures to the network.

There is a real possibility that the planned hard fork will result in two Bitcoin blockchains. In this case, we will follow the chain with the most accumulated difficulty and refer to that chain as Bitcoin. To be clear, we are going to call the chain with the most accumulated difficulty Bitcoin or BTC. If the majority chain becomes the SegWit2X chain, then the minority chain is the one with 1MB blocks (pre Segwit2X chain) and we are going to call that chain BC1.  However, if Segwit2X doesn’t end up being the majority chain we are going to call the Segwit2X enabled chain BC2. Other companies have announced support for this naming convention and we believe it is the best solution to the multiple coins that may result from this hard fork.

Minority Chain Coin and Bitcoin Cash

Abra intends to support Bitcoin as well as adding one-time conversion support for the minority chain coin (either BC1 or BC2) as well as Bitcoin Cash.

For users who were holding Bitcoin with Abra during the August 1 Bitcoin Cash hard fork we will make your Bitcoin Cash available to you in the form of additional Bitcoin as a one-time conversion. You will also have BC1 or BC2 made available to you in the form of additional Bitcoin so long as you don’t withdraw your Bitcoin immediately before or after the hard fork.  This will also happen as a one-time conversion.

We’ll inform you when this one-time conversion is available within the Abra App via push notification as well as Email and SMS.  This one-time conversion may take a few months to implement – it could potentially be sometime in early 2018 –  and we appreciate your patience as we work through and carefully test the detailed implementation.

Do I need to take action?

As of now you do not need to take any action.  You can leave your Abra wallet as is and no action is required.

Will I lose money if I transact?

You will not lose money if you transact with Abra today.  While we hope to work without interruption during the Segwit2X fork, again, currently likely to happen on or around November 18, 2017, it is quite possible that we will have to suspend operations for several hours or even a couple of days to ensure that there is no real risk to your Bitcoin when you do transact.

Isn’t Abra a Supporter of Segwit2X?

While Abra supports Segwit2X as a viable plan for scaling Bitcoin in the short term, we will only support Segwit2X as true Bitcoin if, after activation, it becomes the longest chain in the Bitcoin network. That is the way Bitcoin was designed and we believe that was the intent of the creator of Bitcoin.

The New York Agreement (NYA) or SegWit2X, was supported by a majority of the Bitcoin industry, including Abra, as well as miners representing over 80% of the hashing power at the time of the agreement.  While we recognize that there are many passionate voices among the millions of Bitcoin supporters we are making clear that our intent is to support Bitcoin via the longest chain as it was originally designed.

Next Steps…

We will send you more details as we get closer to the hard fork regarding any replay or other issues you should be aware of for when the impending hard fork happens.

To summarize, if you are holding bitcoin in your Abra App and want access to the value of your minority chain coins there is no action needed on your part, we will simply inform you when you can convert your additional minority chain coins into bitcoin. For more information or support please visit our Abra Support Pages.

About Abra

Established in 2014, Abra is on a mission to create a simple and honest platform that enables millions of cryptocurrency holders to maximize the potential of their assets. Abra enables both individuals and businesses to safely and securely buy, trade, and borrow against cryptocurrencies – all in one place. Abra’s vision is an open, global financial system that is easily accessible to everyone.

Why Abra

Based in the United States, Abra is available in over 150 countries and makes it easy to convert between crypto and a wide variety of local fiat currencies. With over 2MM customers, $7B in transactions processed, and $1.5B in assets under management, Abra continues to grow rapidly. Abra is widely loved and trusted – in April 2022, reviewed and rated Abra amongst the top 5 most popular crypto wallets in the market. Abra is backed by top-tier investors such as American Express Ventures and First Round Capital.

How Abra Protects Your Funds

Abra places clients’ financial objectives and security first. Abra practices a culture of risk management across all levels and functions within the organization.

Abra employs a state-of-the-art enterprise risk management framework that comprises a comprehensive set of policies, procedures, and practices detailing all applicable risk-related objectives and constraints for the entirety of the business. Abra has instituted a complete set of requisite systems and controls that continuously enforce these policies, procedures, and practices to manage all operations, including credit and lending. Abra’s independent Risk Committee comprises experienced compliance, risk, securities, and fraud operations professionals with backgrounds in industries ranging from traditional and digital assets banking, payments, remittance, to fintech.

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