After anonymously notifying Bitcoin ABC developers in April of a critical ‘chain-splitting’ bug in the Bitcoin Cash code, a Bitcoin Core developer has emerged to claim responsibility for the discovery — what he describes as a “wake-up call” for the entire cryptocurrency industry. In a post on Medium, Cory Fields revealed that he was the individual responsible for the anonymous tip-off, having alerted Bitcoin ABC of the SIGHASH_BUG on the 25th of April, 2018. According to Fields, the bug could have caused an unintended split in the Bitcoin Cash network — compromising the integrity of transactions, and potentially bringing the fourth-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization to its knees. The vulnerability was addressed by the ABC team, however, and was announced to have been mitigated on May the 7th. Included in the incident report was a technical description of the issue: “An attacker may construct a malicious transaction which
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