Eclipse Attacks on Bitcoin’s Peer-To-Peer Network – Bitcoints


Published on September 2nd, 2015 | by bitcoin


Eclipse Attacks on Bitcoin’s Peer-To-Peer Network

Eclipse Attacks on Bitcoin’s Peer-To-Peer NetworkWe present eclipse attacks on bitcoin’s peer-to-peer network.
The attacker can then exploit the victim for attacks on bitcoin’s mining and consensus system, including N-confirmation double spending, selfish mining, and adversarial forks in the blockchain.
We take a detailed look at bitcoin’s peer-to-peer network, and quantify the resources involved in our attack via probabilistic analysis, Monte Carlo simulations, measurements and experiments with live bitcoin nodes.
Finally, we present countermeasures, inspired by botnet architectures, that are designed to raise the bar for eclipse attacks while preserving the openness and decentralization of bitcoin’s current network architecture.
Text of BibTeX entry:  @inproceedings {190890,
author = {Ethan Heilman and Alison Kendler and Aviv Zohar and Sharon Goldberg},
title = {Eclipse Attacks on Bitcoin{textquoteright}s Peer-to-Peer Network},
booktitle = {24th USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security 15)},
year = {2015},
month = Aug,
isbn = {978-1-931971-232},
address = {Washington, D.C.},
pages = {129–144},
url = {},
publisher = {USENIX Association},



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