Original - Odaily
Author - Azuma
Rumors about LayerZeros upcoming airdrop are spreading wildly on major social media and communities.
The reason why there are so many speculations at this point in time is because there have been some potential signs recently, all of which seem to point to LayerZero about to make something big.
For example, on the prediction market Polymarket, yes has surpassed no in the prediction of whether LayerZero will be airdropped soon; another example is that Tapioca, an upper-layer application built on LayerZero, announced that it will undergo a major update on December 12, and the premise of this update The condition is to rely on ZRO for decentralized verification; for another example, Pudgy Penguins CEO Luca Netz, who has a bad relationship with the LayerZero team, directly shouted on X that I cant wait for ZRO.
However, overall,The most intuitive and popular sign is that the “layerzero.foundation” domain name, which has not yet been put into use, added an SSL certificate on November 3.In view of the fact that the layerzero.foundation domain name is highly consistent with the past update frequency of the layerzero.network domain name that has been determined to belong to the LayerZero project,Therefore, the community speculates that this domain name also belongs to the LayerZero project management.
An SSL certificate has been added to the layerzero.foundation domain name.
The layerzero.foundation domain name and the layerzero.network domain name were updated simultaneously in March this year.
The layerzero.foundation domain name and the layerzero.network domain name were updated simultaneously in October this year.
Looking at the historical actions of the LayerZero project, the project often performs such operations on related domain names before making major actions, such as:
On September 7, 2022, the official announced the launch of the protocol browser LayerZero Scan. On September 5, an SSL certificate was added to the layerzeroscan.com domain name;
On October 19, 2022, it was officially announced that the Aptos cross-chain bridge was launched. On October 17, an SSL certificate was added to the theaptosbridge.com domain name;
On November 17, 2022, the official announcement was made of the launch of the Bitcoin cross-chain bridge. On November 16, an SSL certificate was added to the bitcoinbridge.network domain name;
On February 21, 2023, it was officially announced that the Goerli test network cross-chain bridge was launched. On February 20, an SSL certificate was added to the testnetbridge.com domain name;
Therefore, it can be speculated that LayerZero will most likely carry out some actions related to the layerzero.foundation domain name.
But what actions are generally linked to domain names with the “.foundation” suffix?Considering that the airdrops of Aptos, Arbitrum, Sei and many other projects were all completed through the foundation website, and Arbitrum happened to have carried out exactly the same operation as LayerZero two days before announcing the airdrop in March this year - arbitrum .foundation domain name has an SSL certificate added, so it is difficult not to make community users think about it.
So, what exactly is the so-called SSL certificate? What does this certificate have to do with a potential airdrop (assuming there is one)?
Specifically, SSL is the abbreviation of Secure Sockets Layer, which is a network communication encryption protocol. The entire transmission process of the traditional HTTP protocol is plain text transmission, so it is easy to cause data hijacking and tampering, while the SSL protocol can encrypt the transmission process, thereby effectively preventing data from being intercepted and tampered with.
In the simplest terms, addWith an SSL certificate, the website can be guaranteed to be more secure.
It can be deduced from this that updating the SSL certificate for the layerzero.foundation domain name may indicate that LayerZero hopes to take some measures to improve the security of the website.
To put it more bluntly, if LayerZero really plans to conduct a ZRO airdrop through the layerzero.foundation domain name, the team will naturally predict that under the high sentiment of the community, the websites visits and interactions will surge. Therefore, There is a need to improve website security to ensure user safety.
However, this is still just a hypothetical situation.What needs to be made clear is that just an SSL certificate is not enough to prove that LayerZero will definitely be airdropped. Objectively speaking, this is just an initiative by the domain name owner to improve the quality of the infrastructure.
How to interpret it is a matter of opinion.