Stubborn Mining: Generalizing Selfish Mining and Combining with an Eclipse Attack

@article{Nayak2015StubbornMG,
  title={Stubborn Mining: Generalizing Selfish Mining and Combining with an Eclipse Attack},
  author={Kartik Nayak and Srijan Kumar and Andrew Miller and Elaine Shi},
  journal={2016 IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy (EuroS&P)},
  year={2015},
  pages={305-320}
}
Selfish mining, originally discovered by Eyal et al. [9], is a well-known attack where a selfish miner, under certain conditions, can gain a disproportionate share of reward by deviating from the honest behavior. In this paper, we expand the mining strategy space to include novel "stubborn" strategies that, for a large range of parameters, earn the miner more revenue. Consequently, we show that the selfish mining attack is not (in general) optimal. Further, we show how a miner can further… CONTINUE READING

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