Alyssa Hertig

A full-time member of the Editorial Team at CoinDesk, Alyssa is a writer and programmer specializing in bitcoin and blockchain technology. Her work has appeared in Vice, Mic and Reason. Alyssa does not currently hold value in any digital currencies or projects (See: Editorial Policy). Follow Alyssa: @AlyssaHertig.

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How SABRE Tech Can Stop Hackers From Splitting Bitcoin Into Two

| Alyssa Hertig

Hackers could attack bitcoin with a flood of data, but researchers say they have a solution in the form of a relay network called SABRE.

lightning, electric

Latest Lightning Code Release Trolls With a ‘Block Size’ Increase

| Alyssa Hertig

The latest code version for the lightning network, often trumpeted as the future of bitcoin payments, includes a "block size increase."

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Becomes Latest to Take Bitcoin’s ‘Lightning Torch’

| Alyssa Hertig

Bitcoin's "lightning torch" saw none other than Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey snatch up the ongoing payment experiment and pass it on Tuesday.

Zcash Team Reveals It Fixed a Catastrophic Coin Counterfeiting Bug

| Alyssa Hertig

The company behind the privacy-minded cryptocurrency zcash said Tuesday that it moved last year to fix a catastrophic bug that could have been used…

Bitcoin’s ‘Lightning Torch’ Has Blazed Through 37 Countries So Far

| Alyssa Hertig

The bitcoin community is currently immersed in an experiment called the “lightning torch," and it's reached 37 countries so far.

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This Spongebob-Themed Tech Proves That Bitcoin’s Lightning Is Advancing

| Alyssa Hertig

Spongebob Squarepants term "wumbo" has been appropriated to describe one of the next milestones for bitcoin's lightning network.

Proof of Keys Explained: Bitcoin’s First Planned ‘Bank Run’ Is Today

| Alyssa Hertig

Participants in the "Proof of Keys" movement will be taking their money out of third-party bitcoin services, moving it to accounts only they control.

The Giant Bitcoin Rat Is Back And This Time It’s After Alan Greenspan

| Alyssa Hertig

The artist behind a giant, inflatable, rat-shaped piece of protest art dedicated to bitcoin is at it again – this time at the DC Fed.

Bitcoin Cash Declares War: Why Coming Hard Fork Could Mean Another Split

| Alyssa Hertig and Christine Kim

After a year of peaceful hard fork upgrades, bitcoin cash is in the throes of a fiery debate over its future – one that could lead to a chain…

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Ethereum Energy Project Now Powers 700 Households in 10 Cities

| Alyssa Hertig

Little-known ethereum project Lition is live and quietly helping German citizens hunt down cheaper energy options.