[Bitcoin-development] Miners MiTM

Luke Dashjr luke at dashjr.org
Thu Aug 7 23:45:44 UTC 2014

On Thursday, August 07, 2014 11:02:21 PM Pedro Worcel wrote:
> Hi there,
> I was wondering if you guys have come across this article:
> http://www.wired.com/2014/08/isp-bitcoin-theft/
> The TL;DR is that somebody is abusing the BGP protocol to be in a position
> where they can intercept the miner traffic. The concerning point is that
> they seem to be having some degree of success in their endeavour and
> earning profits from it.
> I do not understand the impact of this (I don't know much about BGP, the
> mining protocol nor anything else, really), but I thought it might be worth
> putting it up here.

This is old news; both BFGMiner and Eloipool were hardened against it a long 
time ago (although no Bitcoin pools have deployed it so far). I'm not aware of 
any actual case of it being used against Bitcoin, though - the target has 
always been scamcoins.

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