Ahead of the upcoming release of Bitcoin Core, Bitcoin.org has warned users that the latest version of the client will likely be a target of state-sponsored cyber attackers.
The Bitcoin Core client is responsible for keeping the virtual currency decentralised and also ensures that only valid transactions are accepted. The group behind the client released a warning this week to let users know that there is ‘reason to suspect’ that the binaries being utilised in the latest release have a high potential of becoming targets of an attack.
The latest release of Bitcoin Core, version 0.13.0 also known as Segwit, has been designed around improving transaction efficiency and has been thoroughly tested to ensure its security. New features will also be included in the release which will reduce problems concerning unwanted third-party transaction malleability as well as the implementation of smart contracts that make use of Bitcoin.
State-sponsored cyberattacks though could still pose a problem to Bitcoin Core’s security as they often have more resources at their disposal. Bitcoin.org has informed users that defending against these kinds of attacks will require additional help. The group offered further insight into its position against these more sophisticated attacks by confirming that it does not