Bitcoin Gold Developer Under Scrutiny For Allegedly Hiding Mining Code

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?” […]

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