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Bitcoin Network Sees Third Stale Block in Two Weeks

In less than two weeks, the Bitcoin network produced three blocks that did not propagate. The mining anomaly did not create double-spends.



BITCOIN STALE BLOCKS ACCELERATE ON PEAK MINING ACTIVITY


Bitcoin (BTC) is designed with the possibility to discover two blocks at the same time, though this is a relatively rare event. But in the past couple of weeks, stale blocks have occurred in rapid succession. BitMex research counted three stale blocks in the past couple of weeks, with another stale block in January.



Stale blocks look worrying in that they may be suggestive of a chain split. But since only one block was produced, it was more likely an anomaly. The Bitcoin network protocol will start to propagate the block that was discovered slightly earlier. Read More...