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Largest Bitcoin Mining Pool Pledges Not To Execute "51% Attack"

Anonymous Coward writes | about 9 months ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Bitcoin transactions are confirmed by performing complex calculations, also known as "mining". If a single mining pool gains 51% of the overall computational power in the network, various forms of transaction manipulation become possible. Only a few years into Bitcoin's existence, this existential threat appears to be at hand, with Bitcoin mining pool ghash.io approaching 51% of mining power. ghash.io has now assured the Bitcoin community in a press release: "GHash.IO does not have any intentions to execute a 51% attack, as it will do serious damage to the Bitcoin community, of which we are part of." But can a network relying on such assurances survive in the long run?"

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Ah, the value of a "pledge" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45916361)

Yes, just like how the US banking industry pledged to do their jobs properly way back when. But don't worry, nobody who runs a Bitcoin mining pool or exchange would eeeeeeever do something like that, because... um... it... look at the pretty hash values! Look! Look! Oooooooo. Pretty hex digits!

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