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Is it possible to mine Bitcoins at a pool through the TOR network? If so, how would one configure the appropriate tools?

  • Why would you want to do something like this? – Shamoon May 10 '12 at 16:16
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    @Shamoon mostly something that came up during a conversation I had with my academic supervisor - he likes pointing out all possible exploits that could happen in relation to Bitcoin and one of them was attacking miners based on their IPs. So I figured out I'd investigate possible obfuscation of the addresses. – ThePiachu May 10 '12 at 17:31
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You could mine over TOR, but I would expect you would get much higher stales & downtime due to the high latencies of the TOR network.

You can use the application ProxyChains to force any application on your computer to use a proxy (or a combination of proxies), simply add a new proxy to ProxyChains, 127.0.0.1 as IP and your TOR software's port as port, and then setup Proxychains to force your mining application to use that proxy.

http://proxychains.sourceforge.net/

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Eligius has a hidden service for Tor mining.

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I've written an application to accomplish this on my own time. Hoping this helps you and anyone else who comes across this answer.

https://github.com/Elycin/PoolOverSocks5

The test results that I've used over tor and the stratum protocol, I seem to have an average latency of 610ms to a Monero Pool such as pool.usxmrpool.com. This may vary for other cryptocurrencies, but using Tor there is no stales in 4 hours of testing.

Here's a image of it all working in my test environment: enter image description here

Cheers.

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