Operational announcements

Bitcoin Cash Fork, 15 November 2020: What it Means for You

Key Takeaways:

  • Bitcoin Cash (BCH) will undergo a contentious fork on the 15th of November 2020, which could cause a split in the network

  • Ledger will suspend their BCH services from the 12th of November at 07:00 UTC for security reasons

  • We’ll be keeping an eye on the developments after the fork to see which chain will remain viable both technically and economically

  • For more information please get in touch with your Technical Account Manager

On the 15th of November, the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) network will be undergoing a fork. However, it looks like a consensus won’t be reached on it. Let’s go over what this means for you as a Ledger Vault user.

Bitcoin Cash Fork: The Situation So Far

The Bitcoin Cash network is facing a fork that isn’t reaching consensus, meaning those participating in the network aren’t agreeing on whether or not to implement the coming fork. This fork will take place on the 15th of November, and could possibly result in a split of the network.

The outcome of the fork is currently uncertain. It could be that two completely viable chains will start existing, similarly to the split of BCH and BSV exactly two years ago. It’s also possible that only one chain will remain viable in the end. Unfortunately, only time can tell the exact outcome of this split.

So what does this mean for me as a Ledger Vault user?

For security reasons, Ledger will suspend its Bitcoin Cash (BCH) service at 07:00 UTC on 12 November 2020, meaning you can’t transact with your BCH after that time. This is to prevent so-called Replay Attacks from causing our users to lose funds. At this point, we cannot say anything about when BCH service will be restored. We’ll first need to see what the result of this fork will be, notably which fork will become the most viable from both a technical and economic standpoint.

While we might be suspending Ledger Vault’s Bitcoin Cash service, not to worry: your BCH private keys remain secured within Ledger Vault. Its security is not impacted by the fork.

What are my options?

From here, you basically have two options. Let’s go over them:

Option 1: Sending out your Bitcoin Cash

If you want to continue using your Bitcoin Cash (BCH) during our service interruption, you could opt to send your Bitcoin Cash elsewhere, to a platform that will keep its services running during this time period. This way, you could use your BCH. Do kindly note that this might bring the risk of the previously mentioned replay attacks though.

Option 2: Wait it out

Another option is to simply wait till we restore service for the most viable chain. Your Bitcoin Cash private keys will remain secured within Ledger Vault. This means that once our service is restored, you can continue using your BCH as intended.

We hope that this has clarified the situation regarding using your Ledger Vault for BCH during its upcoming fork. In short, we’ll be suspending our service on the 12th of November and we’ll be keeping an eye on its progress and results to see when we can resume it.