Bitcoin Exchanges Under ‘Massive and Concerted Attack’ February 2014
The transaction malleability problem which troubled Mtgox a few days ago has also made Bitstamp shutdown.
Apparently a large scale attack using this problem is going on on multiple exchanges.
Antonopoulos, who is the chief security officer of Blockchain.info, said a DDoS attack is taking Bitcoin’s transaction malleability problem and applying it to many transactions in the network, simultaneously.
It's interesting to watch actually, submit a transaction to the network at the moment and there's a rogue node that will mess with the padding of the signatures and rebroadcast it faster than the original. It confuses the reference client into duplicate display, which is what Gox is relying on for the failed/success display. That they're winning races over the normal related transactions isn't that unnatural as the transaction processing stuff has a 100ms sleep() in the middle of it.
PS : apparemment l'erreur a été corrigé il y a un an sur le client bitcoin officiel ici