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Silk Road 2 Founder Finally Sentenced 5 Years After His Arrest

Immediately after the Silk Road was taken down in 2013, a marketplace known as the Silk Road 2 launched. The new darknet market was run by a person who called himself the Dread Pirate Roberts 2 and he was arrested a few months later in November 2014. However, privacy

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Cashshuffle Launches, Bringing Greater Privacy to the BCH Ecosystem

On March 27, the development team behind the privacy-centric protocol Cashshuffle announced the official launch of the platform using the Electron Cash wallet. Anyone can use the latest Electron Cash version 4.0 with Cashshuffle and the implementation will also be added to the Bitcoin.com wallet and Badger client soon. Also

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How to Identify and Mitigate a Bitcoin Dust Attack

Bitcoin transactions are not anonymous but users can still add a layer of privacy by using different addresses and other techniques to confuse blockchain surveillance. However, a de-anonymization method known as a dust attack is on the rise. If the microtransactions that characterize a dust attack go unnoticed, they

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Texas Representative Wants to Ban the Anonymous Use of Cryptocurrency

A Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, Phil Stephenson, has just introduced a bill that would require residents of the state to identify themselves if they wish to use cryptocurrencies. H.B. No. 4371 details that individuals who send and receive digital currencies must be known. Although, if

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Bitcoin Mixing Concept Payjoin Makes a ‘Huge Mess’ for Blockchain Surveillance

On Jan. 24, Adam Gibson, author of Waxwing’s Joinmarket blog, wrote about an interesting Coinjoin concept called Payjoin. The protocol further obfuscates the ownership of UTXO inputs during a Coinjoin transaction mixing cycle. According to Gibson, the Payjoin technique is “another nail in the coffin of blockchain analysis.” Also read: Mystery

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Review: Wasabi’s Privacy-Focused BTC Wallet Aims to Make Bitcoin Fungible Again

Privacy is relative, but by many people’s reckoning, bitcoin could use greater anonymity. The Bitcoin Core protocol hasn’t changed much over the past decade, but the tools used to forensically inspect it have. In a bid to reclaim some of that eroding privacy, a number of fungibility-enhancing tools have

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The Incomplete List of People Speculated to Be Satoshi Nakamoto

Ten years ago, on Jan. 3, 2009, the Bitcoin (BTC) network was created as Satoshi Nakamoto mined the genesis block, also known as block number zero.However, the identity behind the Bitcoin creator has remained one of the biggest mysteries in the crypto community since the original white paper was

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Eight Reasons to Use Cryptocurrency Payments in 2019

This article on cryptocurrency payments was written by Thomas Highwater, who is an avid fan of all things crypto-related. Mr. Highwater teaches high-school level robotics and programming. *** While there is a growing number of fiat based-payment processors with a variety of practical tools and methods of payment, adding cryptocurrency payments

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What Grin and Mimblewimble Mean for the Future of Bitcoin Privacy

In a little over a month, one of the most eagerly anticipated cryptocurrency projects in recent times will launch. There will be no ICO or premine, and, like the transactions themselves, the project team are highly private. Grin, the first network to utilize Mimblewimble cryptography, has wide-ranging implications for

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US Law Enforcement Wants Blockchain Surveillance Tools for Privacy Coins

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published its 2019 fiscal year pre-solicitation document. Throughout the 27-page letter, the organization explains that it wants to dedicate resources toward creating blockchain forensic applications that can analyze privacy-centric digital asset movements. Prior efforts have addressed bitcoin analytics and now the

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