The bitcoin gold development team is under fire once again as the currency’s mining community has discovered a hard-coded hidden fee protocol found within one of the bitcoin gold developer’s mining pool code. Miners say that BTG core developer, Martin Kuvandzhiev (StarbugBG), added a hidden 0.5 percent fee into the btgmine.org pool code that pays the fees directly to his wallet.
Mining Community Lashes Out at Bitcoin Gold Developer Martin Kuvandzhiev
As we reported last week the bitcoin gold (BTG) mainnet went live, and mining is now open to the public. When the project first launched it was reported that the mining pool Suprnova had an issue with a chain split situation. The mining community reveals that Suprnova and other BTG pools have stripped the hidden fee protocol from their mining software. According to rumors across forums the creator of BTG, Jack Liao, allegedly kept the pre-mine of 8,000 blocks for himself and speculators believe it provoked Kuvandzhiev to add the code which transfers a hidden fee to his Bulgarian mining pool.
“This explains why so many blocks found didn’t show up as paid to the finder, also why Suprnova’s chain was out of sync, perhaps Suprnova found this code removed it, and that pissed off dev-team,” explains a Bitcointalk.org user.
A Fee for Open Source Contributions
Additionally, a complaint was sent to the team’s Github repository called issue #180 “Beware of hidden fee hard-coded into z-nomp fork advertised by the devs.”
“Looks like ‘StarbugBG’ (Martin Kuvandzhiev) snuck a little easter egg in the form of a hidden 0.5% fee directly paid to his wallet via coinbase tx into the pool code he suggested everyone use,” details the Github issues creator.
However, Kuvandzhiev explains that the open source code wasn’t hidden and other pools are closed source. “Which is better?” asks Kuvandzhiev “Only one working pool which is closed source or an open source pool code that everyone can edit with 0.5% for the dev that has made this possible?”
0.5% for a regular miner is less than a $1 a month. Don’t act like it is too much. The other software has 1 – 2% fees and are closed source, you cannot remove it.
Following the Controversial News, the Developer’s BTG Pool Closes Operations and Bitcoin Gold Markets Lose Significant Value
As soon as the news hit social media, forums and the team’s Slack channel the BTG mining community was in an uproar. Further, the currency’s markets have dropped in value significantly, as one BTG was $250 yesterday, and has since dropped to $150 after the mining pool fee scandal was revealed. Alongside this, the mining pool btgmine.org allegedly run by Kuvandzhiev has closed its operations.
“Please note, btgmine.org is shutting down — Please relocate your miners to alternate pools at your earliest convenience,” notes the pool’s website.
News.Bitcoin.com has reached out for a response from the bitcoin gold team and its lead developer “h4x3rotab.” “I’d like to help — Though maybe I don’t have enough time to answer all the questions in details,” explains the developer to news.Bitcoin.com via Slack. Since then the BTG team has yet to respond to our question concerning the mining pool incident created by the programmer Martin Kuvandzhiev.
What do you think about the hidden fee issue the mining community is complaining about? Let us know what you think about the bitcoin gold project in the comments below.
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