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A Major Bug In Bitcoin Software Could Have Crashed the Currency

• https://motherboard.vice.com, by Jordan Pearson

Bitcoin is often said to be the gold standard for cryptocurrencies, but even the OG blockchain-based money has potentially disastrous flaws lurking in the software that supports it.

On Tuesday, the developers of Bitcoin Core—the software that effectively powers the Bitcoin blockchain—released a new version that patched a vulnerability that allowed a malicious user to crash the network, making everyone's digital coins effectively useless. The bug has been variously described as "very scary," "major," and one of the "top three or four" most serious bugs ever discovered in Bitcoin. 

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