Major DDoS Attacks Hit Bitcoin.com

Major DDoS Attacks Hit Bitcoin.com

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Large scale DDoS attacks on Bitcoin.com and its subdomains started a few days ago and have heightened over the past 48 hours, in an apparent attempt at targeting the “big block” side of the ongoing disagreement within the Bitcoin community on how to scale Bitcoin.

Also Read: Antpool Points 75% Hashpower at BU, While Exchanges Confirm Listing a Split

Truth Under Attack

When Bitcoin.com re-launched the updated site in 2015, it was smack in the middle of the Bitcoin block size debate, which has also been called by many the Bitcoin “civil war”. It’s no secret that during this time, Bitcoin.com has positioned itself as a proponent for on-chain scaling solutions, as envisioned by Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto.

Since then, Bitcoin.com has worked with industry experts and leaders in the space to deliver news, uncensored information, and tools to the Bitcoin community. Most recently, Bitcoin.com has opened the Bitcoin.com Mining Pool, which mines using the Bitcoin client Bitcoin Unlimited (BU) and pays 110% block reward and has zero fees.

Due to this, Bitcoin.com has been the target of individuals and groups that don’t share the same vision. And this week, the site along with the new mining pool and uncensored forum have all been targeted by attackers in attempts to bring down the site and stop the flow of uncensored information.

Censorship in and of itself has been a huge point of contention within the Bitcoin community, which has had a real and lasting impact to the block size debate in many ways.

Due to the heavy DDoS on Bitcoin.com domain and subdomains, the forum and mining pool all have had intermittent up-time. Bitcoin.com has also been working with Cloudflare to help mitigate the issues but some users may still be experiencing problems.

Suspicious Timing

It’s also worth noting that the attacks have come at the same time as when the news was released that some Bitcoin exchanges unveiled a hard fork contingency plan. The signed statement has come under a lot of scrutiny because at least two of the exchange signers, Kraken and Shapeshift, said the document they signed was not the same as what they were originally shown. Also missing from the signed statement are several of the biggest exchanges on the market, Coinbase, Gemini, Localbitcoins, among several others.

The significance of the timing of these two events can’t be overlooked, as the signed statement clearly has been lauded by the same groups who don’t hold the same values and vision as on-chain scaling proponents in attempt to further smear on-chain scaling. In addition, there have been other subversive attempts at attacking the Bitcoin network in recent times, which has left many scratching their heads just who is behind these sorts of attacks.

We’ve also learned that many BU nodes have had to resort to identifying their nodes as Core because they are being DDoS’d also, as described by Roger Ver in a tweet sent today.

What are your thoughts on the recent attacks on the Bitcoin network and on-chain scaling proponents? Let us know in the comments below!


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  • Tristan Marvin Jones

    I support sigwet, because BTU or #RogerCoin larger block-size would result in centralization of hash-power into the hands of wealth miner. Sigwet is a proven technical solution that maintains BTC core principle of decentralization. Think poeple, Roger is working for big business, not the small people. Roger has become a tool of governments who want to divide BTC.

    • SegWit not SegWet :D. But yeah, Roger wan’ts to double his coins, like one coin did.

    • Sammi kao

      if BU would get majority then what would stop them from doing BU 300x payout? Absolujtly nothing which would render blockchain of bitcoin centralized. I am with you and BU should never survive and hack attack should continue to counter the power.

      • Null Bit

        300x payout? Sigwet? I mean come on, you’re all either stupid or trolling.

    • James Frank

      Roger is far from a tool from the Govts, in fact he is a far from them as possible as i can recall

  • cseverance

    I thought that the decentralized security model was supposed to minimize these types of issues and demonstrate that that cryptocurrency was the way of the future as far as decentralized security model? If bitcoin can be taken down as easy as any other public domain, then why should potential investors have a warm and fuzzy feeling about emptying their pockets on crytos EVER? I only ask because I am a small investor wondering if my money is safe here?

    • Paul Bond

      Ah, you have that delusion that Users actually matter in the scheme of things 🙂 Miners, Exchanges …. they will crawl at your feet if they don’t get revenue from you. Remember you are (as we all are) choosing to be part of the world we want to see.

      For me that is core/segwit (others will disagree) for now, but I am only one voice and not a hashing power that has more than one vote ‘because they think they’re more valuable than us cotton pickers’.

      Let’s see even a government survive without us providing their daily dollar. This one is a walk in the park by comparison.

      Just run a full node of your choise (core or BU) and if you are in a mining pool then make sure they support your values, whichever side of this fence you’re on.

    • Marco T.

      The current model of how money is created into existence is flawed. Research Legal Tender Act of 1862 and 1863 vs Federal Reserve Dollars. At some point it will implode on itself and/or cause significant inflation….when is the real question. Cryptocurrencies are the future but like anything that involves “wealth” there is greed. So to answer your question, there is risk for cryptocurrencies and fiat money. Ideally speaking, supporting a cryptocurrency is an honorable pursuit. If you are not motivated by a stronger feeling than trying to do the just, I would pay down debt. Paying down debt is a compounding investment that is fail proof especially if you are paying down real estate debt which is about the only hedge against long term inflation. If you are making a social investment, then buy bitcoins and spend using bitcoins, and if that action, is used by many, then this volatility will temper.

    • Sammi kao

      The big block hack attack is a great way to show you an example that you can’t manipulate bitcoin blockchain without consequences. Attacks on big block should never stop as to show miners that they do not control the system.

  • Gail Casper Walton

    Personally I feel this is a sad state of affairs…too many personalities and over blown egos seem set to destroy Bitcoin..how ironic too since the biggest fear WAS destruction from the “Powers that Be”….this has all the flavor of the Clinton/Trump election.

  • Sadhaka Padma

    RogerVer rising into same level of insanity as H.Clinton….only some murderings missing.