Silicon Valley in USA, is TV series that revolves around the struggles of few programmers and entreprenuers who are trying to make a mark in the big, bad world of programming. The finale episode of season 5, titled “Fifty-One Percent,” features a crazy twist centered on what’s called a 51 percent attack.
In cryptocurrency world, 51% attack refers to an attack on a blockchain – usually bitcoin’s, for which such an attack is still hypothetical – by a group of miners controlling more than 50% of the network’s mining hash rate, or computing power.
On the show, Pied Piper’s enemies start joining the blockchain network until they reach a 51 percent consensus, which gives them the power to manuplate the blockchain
“Delete all of our users, all of our developer apps, crash our coin. This would be the end of Pied Piper,” explains Dinesh.
What was showed on Television can become a real life threat of certain measures and cautions are not taken to protect the cryptocurrency and blockchain from hackers to make a 51 percent attack.