Distributed Denial of Service Attack Greets Forked Bitcoin Gold on First Day
Only hours into its first day live, Bitcoin Gold’s Twitter account announced it had been hit with a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS), forcing its website down for nearly four hours.
Also read: Major DDoS Attacks Hit Bitcoin.com
Bitcoin Gold Site Suffers 10 Million Hits Per Minute
Bitcoin block height 491,407 was reached 23 October, more than a day earlier than anticipated, triggering the so called Bitcoin Gold hard fork. It is the second such fork of its kind since August, and another is predicted mid-November, Segwit2x, at block 494,784.
Not long after celebrating block height 491,407, the Bitcoin Gold (BTG) team noticed 10 million hits per minute clogging up its web traffic requests. BTG’s Slack channel later attributed most of the hits to internet protocol (IP) addresses routed through China.
BTG’s founder and lead developer are from China.
It was a clear a DDoS campaign was used against the site, which rendered it essentially unavailable for four hours, causing numerous reports about either the team’s inability to insure against such basic attacks or the team’s lack of knowledge in critical areas of website security.
Distributed Denial of Service Greets Bitcoin Gold on First Day
Screenshot of BTG’s Twitter announcement.
DDoS attacks are fairly routine, and many markets exist to facilitate those who wish to disrupt a company or group’s online activities. For under 200 USD, robot networks (botnets) can be had in the service of DDoS attacks. Smaller organizations are especially vulnerable.
Different From Bitcoin Cash
Bitcoin’s first hard fork (Bitcoin Cash) went decidedly smoother. A perceived benefit of forks is the 1:1 mirror in coins/tokens a holder receives, roughly similar to perhaps a stock dividend. Users can then retain the new token or profit-take, selling off either “share” of the original or forked coin.
The BTG team has pushed out a proper launch, in the Bitcoin cash manner, until 1 November, which includes release of its code and essentially the ability to mine it. The same goes for a BTG 1:1 coin mirror.