Mempool Optimization for Defending Against DDoS Attacks in PoW-based Blockchain Systems

@inproceedings{Saad2019MempoolOF,
  title={Mempool Optimization for Defending Against DDoS Attacks in PoW-based Blockchain Systems},
  author={Muhammad Saad},
  year={2019}
}
In this paper, we present a new form of attack that can be carried out on the memory pools (mempools) of blockchain-based cryptocurrencies. Towards that end, we study such an attack on Bitcoin mempool and explore its effects on transactions fee paid by legitimate users. We also propose countermeasures to contain such an attack. Our countermeasures include fee-based and age-based designs, which optimize the mempool size and help in countering the effects of DDoS attacks. We further evaluate our… CONTINUE READING

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