15 Mar '17, 4pm

This Security Researcher Found the Bug That Knocked Out Bitcoin Unlimited

For over a year, attackers have had the ability to crash Bitcoin Unlimited and Bitcoin Classic nodes. Yesterday, someone actually did it. According to websites like Coin Dance , the number of Bitcoin Unlimited nodes fell sharply from almost 800 to less than 250 in a matter of hours. Bitcoin Classic was hit shortly after. One day earlier, the security researcher who found the vulnerability had reached out to Bitcoin Magazine . “I am quite beside myself at how a project that aims to power a $20 billion network can make beginner’s mistakes like this.” The Vulnerabilities Bitcoin Unlimited and Bitcoin Classic are forks of Bitcoin Core that intend to increase Bitcoin’s block size limit. Both launched in 2015 and have been maintained by their own development teams since. While Bitcoin Classic was a relatively popular alternative to Bitcoin Core last year, Bitcoin Unlimited has b...

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