Marathon Digital, a prominent player in Bitcoin mining, unintentionally mined an invalid Bitcoin block as part of an experimental effort to improve their operational strategies. They clarified that their intention was never to compromise the integrity of the Bitcoin network. The bug responsible for the incident originated within Marathon’s internal development environment and had no connection to their Bitcoin production pool or Bitcoin Core software. Bitcoin developers attribute the invalid block to a transaction ordering issue. Marathon was advised to conduct such experiments on a testnet before the mainnet. However, the incident highlighted the robust security of the Bitcoin network, which promptly rejected and rectified the anomaly. Marathon’s stock price dipped following the incident.
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