It was around a fortnight back when a spokesperson for Ripple’s XRPL Labs stated in an interview that his organization was looking to bring XRP to millions of online shoppers in the near future.
In this regard, XRPL Labs founder ‘Wietse Wind recently’ posted a bounty on Twitter for any developer who could “successfully integrate XRP into WooCommerce’s online payment platform”.
— Wietse Wind (@WietseWind) March 15, 2019
Just a week after the above mentioned proposition was presented to the global dev community, Jesper Wallin, an independent blockchain researcher, submitted a fully finished payment gateway plugin that would allow WooCommerce users to pay for their purchases using XRP.
After reviewing and vetting Wallin’s code thoroughly, Wietse promptly supplied him with the promised bounty reward — the total amount for which grew from 4k XRP to 4.63k XRP within a span of just 10 days.
Since I value security a lot, I offer 1000 XRP to the first person who manage to successfully exploit the plugin to make it mark an order as Paid even if no payment has been made. 😎
I’ll write up some more define rules for this bug bounty. 🙂
— Jesper Wallin (@empatogen) March 15, 2019
More on the Matter
For those of our readers who may not be aware, WooCommerce is essentially an “open-source e-commerce platform for WordPress” that is currently being used by a total of 3.3 million online retailers.
As mentioned earlier, individuals who make use of WooCommerce can now download Wallin’s plugin from GitHub and follow the simple instructions outlined by him so as to start using XRP to facilitate their purchases.
Lastly, it is worth pointing out that XRP’s integration with WooCommerce is a prime example of how the currency’s native community has always been at the forefront of such unique and innovative grassroots efforts.
Wind’s efforts started to become more and more visible to the global crypto community over the course of 2018, as a result of which Ripple decided to “fully fund” his startup ‘XRPL Labs’ for a period of upto three years.
According to sources on the internet, XRPL Labs is currently in the process of creating a number of digital offerings such as:
- A decentralized exchange
- Mobile wallet
- Cold storage operating system