Bitcoin mining company Marathon Digital has confirmed that it mined an invalid Bitcoin (BTC) block during an “experiment” aimed at improving the company’s operations.
In a post dated September 27, Marathon He said It uses a small percentage of the company’s hashrate towards these experiments and stressed that they were not trying to change the network in any way:
“This experiment was in no way an attempt to change Bitcoin Core in any way.” Marathon said, stressing that they corrected the error as soon as they noticed the invalid block.
We can confirm that Marathon has mined an invalid block. We use a small portion of our hash rate to experiment with our development stack and look for potential ways to improve our operations. The error was the result of an unexpected error that came from one of…
— Marathon Digital Holdings (NASDAQ: MARA) (@MarathonDH) September 27, 2023
Marathon said the flaw, which emanated from the company’s internal development environment, was not related to Marathon’s Bitcoin production pool or Bitcoin Core — the leading software used to connect to the Bitcoin network and run a node.
The incident occurred on September 26 at 9:42 PM UTC in block 809478, According to to mempool.space.
Several Bitcoin developers, along with BitMEX Research attributed Invalid block for “Transaction Request Problem”. Bitcoin developer “mononaut” Believes The marathon mistake came from resorting to transactions in order to escalate absolute fees.
This is what an invalid MARA block looks like in 809478:
– Pink transactions no longer exist on the main chain
– Blue transactions are invalid due to demand (they spend output from a transaction included later in the block) https://t.co/SJI1azOB5Z pic.twitter.com/5gY9TRA2eG
— Monot (@mononautical) September 27, 2023
Bitcoin analyst Dylan LeClair Proposal Marathon should have run this experiment on a testnet before trying it on the Bitcoin mainnet.
In reflection, Marathon said that Bitcoin “works exactly as it was designed” by excluding invalid blocks:
“This incident, although unintentional, underscores the strong security of the Bitcoin network, which rejected and corrected this anomaly.”
Related: Marathon Digital’s Q2 results miss revenue and profit expectations
Cointelegraph reached out to Marathon for comment but did not receive an immediate response.
Marathon (MARA) stock price fell 2.91% to $8.01 during the opening hours on September 27th. According to To Google Finance.
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