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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Researchers Uncover Bitcoin ‘Attack’ That Could Slow or Stop Lightning Payments

| Alyssa Hertig

A new denial-of-service attack could slow down or completely stop bitcoin payments over the lightning network.

Bitcoin’s Dropping Lightning Capacity Might Not Be a Bad Thing

| Alyssa Hertig

A look at some recent data around usage on bitcoin's lightning network.

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Bitcoin Lightning Network Specs Pass First ‘Formal’ Security Test

| Alyssa Hertig

A pair of researchers have released the results of a formal verification of the lightning network, saying it's "as secure as bitcoin."

You Can Now Buy Lightning-Powered Bitcoin With a Credit Card

| Alyssa Hertig

Payments startup Breez has unveiled a new feature allowing lightning-based bitcoin purchases directly from its mobile app.

‘Team Satoshi’ Is Running Again – This Time for Bitcoin Pioneer Hal Finney

| Alyssa Hertig

Bitcoiners around the world are vowing to run this Friday in memory of the late bitcoin pioneer Hal Finney.

They Biked, Ran and Swam Over 200 Miles Across Europe – All for Bitcoin

| Alyssa Hertig

A group of bitcoin enthusiasts just ran, biked and swam across Europe, all to promote the cryptocurrency they love.

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Pieter Wuille Unveils ‘Miniscript,’ A New Smart Contract Language for Bitcoin

| Alyssa Hertig

Smart contracts could soon get a boost in bitcoin as prominent programmer Pieter Wuille has unveiled a new coding language designed specifically for…

Two Libertarians, Two Views on Bitcoin’s Ability to Disrupt Fiat Money

| Alyssa Hertig

“Half of the audience here is like, ‘I hope you die in a fire.’”

In Big Block Hard Fork, Craig Wright’s Bitcoin Has Left Nodes Behind

| Alyssa Hertig

After a recent network upgrade, nodes separated from the bitcoin SV blockchain, highlighting why hard forks prompt much infighting among devs.

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Coders Are Trying to Connect Bitcoin’s Lightning Network to Ethereum

| Alyssa Hertig

Blockade Games says it has successfully bridged the two networks by sending a bitcoin lightning transaction to trigger an ethereum smart contract.