Alert Key Retirement

The Bitcoin community has been recently talking about disclosing the Alert Key, a system that was used by Satoshi Nakamoto in the starting days of Bitcoin as a network wide alert for important updates and network events, but as the developer circle of Bitcoin increased it was noticed that this system was a source of centralization as holders of the alert key can use it at any time to send out dangerous alerts that could disrupt the whole network.

The Alert system was deprecated in late 2016 with the release of bitcoin 0.12.1+ but the Alert key was never disclosed, this Alert system may still be used on different Altcoins forked from Bitcoin and so there was a call to all developers to immediately deprecate the system if it wasn’t already.

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