Mt. Gox, one of the largest Bitcoin exchanges in the world, claims that it has uncovered a bug that affects all transactions and needs to be addressed outside the scope of its own service. But the Bitcoin Foundation, the organization that ultimately manages the crypto-currency, sees things differently.
A problem identified by Mt. Gox as a bug in Bitcoin software is actually a longstanding technical issue Mt. Gox should have prepared for, the Bitcoin Foundation said Monday. Mt. Gox blamed problems with its currency exchange on a bug in Bitcoin’s software allowing for so-called “transaction malleability,” giving people the ability to change Bitcoin transaction details after the fact. Fraud could be the outcome and Bitcoin’s value has been on a downward spiral since Mt. Gox called out the problem Monday after suspending transactions last Friday.