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The Petro block explorer is unavailable
The Petro block explorer is unavailable
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The Petro block explorer is unavailable

By Marco Cavicchioli - 1 Oct 2018

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There are still strong doubts about the real existence of the Venezuelan state cryptocurrency, the Petro.

Even internal sources in the country seem to be unsure that the crypto really exists.

The new official website of the Petro has been recently published, visitable at elpetro.gob.ve, with renewed graphics and some new features, including the so-called “block explorer”, a section of the website that should show the blocks of transactions of the token.

Well, although there is a link to the block explorer, the latter is not reachable: there is only the link, but not the relevant section of the website that should show the transactions.

It could be just a mistake or a forgetfulness but, given the doubts surrounding this project, it is legitimate to ask if the block explorer actually exists or not.

If any other decentralized private project were to present itself to the general public in this way, it would surely be rejected. In fact, the block explorer could be a demonstration that the tokens exist, are distributed and are used. Instead, its absence raises further doubts about the project.

It is not a malfunction, but just the absence of one of the most important sections of the website.

Moreover, the entire website does not use the https security protocol, which should be the standard for websites related to financial transactions.

However, there is a wallet section that contains the link to download on the Android app veQR – Somos Venezuela, but it does not seem like a wallet at all and the links to download the versions for Windows and Linux are not working.

Even the link to download the API code redirects to an empty zip file containing only a folder called ‘wallet’, inside which there is nothing.

Marco Cavicchioli
Marco Cavicchioli

Class 1975, Marco teaches web-technologies and is an online writer specializing in cryptocurrencies. He founded ilBitcoin.news, and his YouTube channel has more than 25 thousand subscribers.

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