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All nodes agree to add another transaction that mints a certain amount of bitcoins to the miner. No, every miner already includes the transaction that pays them in their own block template. Whatever miner succeeds pays themselves by means of their block being the winner. However, I am confused about what protections there are against a bitcoin node ...


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The transaction would likely not be relayed. Even though a block could theoretically contain such a transaction, nodes would not relay such a large transaction. There is a transaction relay policy where nodes will refuse to accept and relay a transaction that is larger than 100 kb. Furthermore, depending on how this virus is encoded in the transaction, it ...


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