I feel like we need to figure out a way to make this practice in general, a censorable offense. Or figure a new way to educate delegators to be aware of this practice, and disincentivize it through community efforts. It’s somewhat of a SRAAS (Systemic Risk as a Service).
Not sure really what the best way to approach this situation is, even without the misappropriation of keys by All Nodes, this practice is a serious centralization threat. It’s essentially pooling validators, and with Interchain Security making validating ever more challenging, we need to find a way to nip this practice in the bud fast.
Here’s some brief commentary on the description of security research as hostile by a board member of the ICF’s company:
It should be noted that chorus one also provides validator as a service services on the cosmos hub.
It is my strongly convicted belief that none of the many teams contributing to the research that led to the passage of this proposal acted in a hostile fashion, however it is also my strongly convicted belief that numerous individuals connected to allnodes.com did in fact act in a hostile fashion.