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What is the rationale for the Lightning network's path length limit (20 hops)?

A sender in the Lightning network can choose a path with up to 20 intermediaries (BOLT4). Tor is another network that uses onion routing for anonymity. However, in Tor all paths have 3 intermediaries,...
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Can Initial Channel Balances be figured out from the Funding Transaction?

The Initial Funding Transaction happens in Bitcoin and is linked to the Lightning Network. Can an adversary figure out the initial channel balances by identifying the according Bitcoin Funding ...
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What are some proposed privacy features coming to the bitcoin lightning network?

If I'm correct, a bitcoin sent into a lightning channel technically looks like any Bitcoin transaction. From there if the channel never closes, the Bitcoins can essentially stay in a "locked" state in ...
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Why is the length of the transport messages on the lightning network encrypted?

From BOLT 08 we can see that every message is sent in the following way: 2 byte: length 16 byte: MAC [length] byte: Encrypted message 16 byte: MAC In reality these messages will be send over TCP/...
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Why is the privacy for using watch tower services increased with unpredictable commitment tx ids?

In the open channel message in BOLT 02 the following statement is written about the various basepoints. The various _basepoint fields are used to derive unique keys as described in BOLT #3 for ...
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How secure is using TOR in Lightning Network?

In following paper (Link to the paper) we read: "combining Tor and Bitcoin creates an attack vector for the deterministic and stealthy man-in-the-middle attacks. A low-resource attacker can ...
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Is there actually a dilemma of whether or not to publish channel states for LN nodes?

I've heard that there is such a dilemma for LN: if channel states were not published, the payer will not able to find any viable path, unless he takes brute-force-like probing approach (which looks ...
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Do the channel balances get publicly announced in real-time on Lightning Network?

In Lightning Network, is the balance publicly announced in real-time? On the one hand, it should be public as it is crucial to the routing mechanism. But, in case that the balance might reveal some ...
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Are there any risks on publicizing a Lightning network invoice?

What are the negative effects of publicizing a LN invoice either before or after its payment? From what I understand, after its payment it won't allow a 2nd payment of the invoice, so 3rd parties ...
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Is there a way to link a bitcoin user's transaction to entering a lightning network channel?

Since lightning channels are offchain. When you send bitcoins to a lightning network node or wallet. Is there a way for companies like chainalysis to see if your on the lightning network? And then ...
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For lightning network, can I surround myself with a bunch of nodes to increase anonymity

Let's say I'm on a lightning network. Can I create a bunch of nodes, and do all my spending through those nodes? Can you hide the fact that these nodes are likely controlled by the same person? How ...