The Bitcoin Cash (BCH) network is the next target of the mysterious BitPico group, which was responsible for the June 22nd attack and which, as they announced, will continue over the upcoming months.
That is what the members of the group have said since June 21st through the Twitter account @BitPico. They warn that they plan to extend the stress test to more than 5000 nodes in the following six weeks. The announcement of BitPico has generated mixed reactions within the cryptocurrency community. However, there are also voices that say that it is only “smoke and mirrors.”
We have redesigned our LN stress test kit for $bch #bcash @bitcoin Why? It’s time to determine how centralized @rogerkver really is and we’re 100% sure we can divide the network into multiple bifurcations. We will see a 51% attack on #bitcoin #cash in September.
BitPico group, on Twitter
BitPico group became famous for conducting stress tests on the Bitcoin (BTC) network
The stress tests are mechanisms to test the reliability and robustness of a software or digital platform under extreme conditions of use. One of the most traditional forms is excessive sending of requests and running under limited hardware conditions. Attackers seek to saturate the program to its breaking point where potentially dangerous defects can appear.
Stress tests are also used by devs to determine whether a platform will perform optimally in the conditions of intense attacks on it. That is, to test its performance if the actual load may exceed the expected capacity.
The debate over the possible purposes of this type of stress tests on Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BTC) networks reached the Reddit platform where users began to discuss the consequences of the attack.
The majority of the Bitcoin (BTC) community’s members believe that the BitPico group’s attempt will not make any harm due to the Job Test PoW algorithm that keeps the entire network secure. On the other hand, some argue that the purpose of the attackers is to create the so-called Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt (FUD) sequence to put Bitcoin Cash (BCH) in disadvantage.