Ethereum Network Validators Have Surged to 500,000 as Shanghai Fever Grows

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Ethereum has reached a new milestone in adoption and security as the number of validators on its network now exceeds 500,000, according to data from BeaconScan.

It`s highlights the growing hype and confidence in the network as it gears up for the Shanghai upgrade, which will allow withdrawals of staked ether for the first time.

The increasing number of validators indicates that more and more individuals and entities are willing to invest in the network and play a role in maintaining its integrity and security, which is potentially a bullish sign for Ethereum's price in the wake of the Shanghai upgrade.

“We can consider the security of the Ethereum network on two axes. One is the total value staked. The other is the degree of decentralization,” said Ben Edgington, Ethereum developer and Lead Product Owner of Ethereum at ConsenSys, a company that works on the Ethereum and Quorum blockchains.

Although the decentralization of validators may be difficult to analyze, reports indicate there are about 11,400 physical nodes across 80 countries.

“[This] is a considerable degree of decentralization, and much more distributed than we had under proof-of-work (before the merge),” Edgington said. “Many of these nodes are run by home stakers such as myself, underpinning the protocol with a huge degree of resilience and diversity.”

With the total value staked on the Ethereum network reaching 16 million ETH (over $22 billion), it becomes increasingly difficult and costly to attack the network, including pulling off a 51% attack.

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