Questions tagged [privacy]

Questions regarding the information that is leaked through cryptocurrency transactions or related processes, when subject to analysis and attempts of identification of sources and other properties.

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Sending Bitcoin from LocalBitcoin to another wallet to secure my funds, does it work?

I have an account with LocalBitcoin, that I use to ONLY fund my backpage account. However, this account is on the clearnet, is linked to my email address and bank account, and has been used without ...
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Does a HD Wallet log my IP when i do a transaction?

Companies like BitPay and Electrum, can log my IP when I make a transaction, right? If so, should I use a Web Wallet (plus VPN) for transactions?
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Why Coinjoin need other participants to increase their privacy?

Coinjoin is a method that make a transaction with other transaction of other parties to hide the link between txin and txout. In case of this, why we need others transaction? We have many bitcoin ...
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What information is available from the blockchains of privacy currencies?

Some currencies such as Monero and Zcash focus on protecting user privacy as much as possible. What information is available from the blockchains of these currencies? Number of wallets? Transaction ...
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What are list of privacy coins available today? [closed]

Where can I get list of privacy coins which I can invest on? Is it a good option to invest on these coins?
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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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Privacy: How should I handle UTXO's?

We know that, for security and anonymity, we shouldn't reuse addresses. Also, there is the idea of change avoidance to protect ourselves from any number of change detection heuristics. But I find ...
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Bitcoin future mass usage for payments - how feasible is it without real privacy

The bitcoin is by many people believed to be used as a method of payment, just like fiat currencies, in the future. Apart from the other big use case of a stable store of value. But the payment use ...
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Bitcoin privacy - current state of privacy BIPs - is mimblewimble broken?

Community, what is the current state of privacy related BIPs? Anything on the roadmap by core devs to be deployed on main chain within the next year? IF yes, could you link me to this BIP(s)? And ...
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Do confidential transactions produce an UTXO

There must be magical cryptographic reason why CT doesn't create an UTXO. If it did make an UTXO, it'd be trivial to calculate the input + output right?
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Was the first full node IP address Satoshi's and how did shim hide it?

It is not surprising that people assume Satoshi used ToR when scouring the internets however if my understanding is correct in order for someone to run a full node they need to provide their IP ...
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How can someone get my private data (such as email, name, IP …) from bitcoin transaction?

I am curious about privacy of bitcoin transactions. I heard that if you are good enough at hacking, you can get private data from bitcoin transaction, or associate someone to transaction. How is it ...
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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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Bitcoin Exchanges and Anonymity

I'm new to Bitcoin and I have a few questions about Bitcoin Exchange and how the transactions work. To be more specific, the question is related about the level of anonymity of these transactions. 1) ...
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Information to recipient of the transaction

I have some questions of the transactions bitcoin, In a transaction bitcoin, there is not information on the recipient, right? How do services such as blockchain.com track information about a ...
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Anonymous transactions with bitcoin core

Is there any chance that people will identify me when I have nordvpn running in the background when making transactions with bitcoin core? Already done this What are you recommendations to stay ...
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Does Taproot allow CoinJoin-style transactions without revealing all signers?

Taproot allows to hide a script behind a transaction and only release the relevant information when the output is being spent. Would this allow for a construction of a script with N participants + ...
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How to anonymously and privately purchase bitcoin through tor?

How can Bitcoin be anonymously purchased through tor in a secure and private fashion? My question is related to: How can I setup Bitcoin to be anonymous with Tor? Personal information and bitcoin ...
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Mixing Unequal Inputs

Let's say have 3 inputs (alice, bob, satoshi): 0.3, 1.3, 1.6. We can mix these inputs for example like this: 0.3, 0.3, 0.3, 0.3, 0.3, 0.3, 0.3, 0.3, 0.3, 0.3, 0.1, 0.1. Or like this: 1.3, 1.3, 0.3, 0....
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Mobile Android Wallet for Dash that lets you do a private dash send transaction?

As of today 2018 June, is there an Android wallet that lets you do a dash private send? I know coinomi has Dash, but it doesn't have the privacy send features.
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Is it possible to identify a wallet from an address?

I want to know is there anyway to identify a particular wallet (its username or email address) on the basis of a Bitcoin receiving address which is generated from that wallet. I am posting that ...
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bitcoind and bitcoin-cli and bitcoin-qt

following the hackernoon for full node btc, https://hackernoon.com/a-complete-beginners-guide-to-installing-a-bitcoin-full-node-on-linux-2018-edition-cb8e384479ea i have some small questions, is there'...
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How do I see the IP address of a bitcoin transaction?

How do I see the IP address that someone used to send or receive bitcoins with? Is it stored in the blockchain?
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Sending Bitcoins through Tor versus sending them through VPN

I bought a VPN subscription using Tor and Bitcoins. The commercial VPN service provider does not know who I am. Below are my questions: Could someone tell me whether sending Bitcoins through Tor ...
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Bitpay Without Credit Card

I am having trouble finding this information so I would like to ask those who use BitPay: Can you create a BitPay account and spend coins without having a Credit/Debit Card associated with your ...
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What heirarchical deterministic derivation path is used for FIDO authentication on a Ledger Nano S?

What heirarchical deterministic derivation path is used for FIDO authentication on a Ledger Nano S? Does it ask for a different key each time or is it always the same key? If I connect to Google for ...
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Is it cryptographically possible to have aggregate signature schemes that can improve privacy in UTXO consolidation?

My understanding of Schnorr signatures, Taproot and Graftroot and how they improve privacy in smart contracts / multi-sig is by allowing users to aggregate signatures so the individual signatures and ...
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Capturing IP address of transactions submitted to Bitcoin

Dan Kaminsky has pointed out that it would be possible to build a service that tries to infer the source IP address of each Bitcoin transaction. His idea, which he calls Blitcoin, works by ...
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Why is a privacy problem to pay always to the same address?

I know as a merchant it is not a good idea to receive all payments to the same address because then people could track our balance. But I don't understand why it could be a privacy problem if we ...
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How can I use Bitcoin privately with the Electrum wallet and Tor?

I do not want to run a full node like Bitcoin Core but still want privacy running an SPV node like Electrum wallet to use Bitcoin. How can I setup to run Electrum privately with Tor?
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Privacy of sending CoinJoined UTXOs from wallet with unCoinJoined UTXOs

If I use something like Wasabi to CoinJoin my UTXOs and then send the outputs to a wallet with addresses containing UTXOs that haven't been coinjoined does this present a privacy risk?
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What’s the point of wannacry for exchanging Bitcoins to Monero?

At first glance, exchanging Bitcoin for Monero makes sense. But why use Monero with an exchange, which is likely to help the police? (And which did.) Monero transactions are private only on the ...
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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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How does this time-stamping system work?

There is an online tool called Proof of Existence which uses the bitcoin blockchain to time-stamp documents. I'm reading the documentation but I fail to see how it works. I understand that it adds ...
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Fingerprinting Bitcoin client, from public information

Given a handful of transactions from a single individual, are there any techniques to try to infer/deduce what client the individual was using? In other words, do any commonly used clients leave a "...
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Why should I use a Bitcoin Mixer?

I understand that I can use Bitcoin anonymously using Bitcoin Core with Tor running a full node or with Electrum using Tor running an SPV node, why should I also use a Bitcoin Mixer?
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Are there any blockchain's that has a built in tumbler or coin shuffling technology built into their code?

I know dash has some kind of mixing technology in their blockchain using their master nodes, but are there any other blockchains that has a built in coinjoin or coin shuffling technology built into ...
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Share private data and prevent data forwarding

Let's say A has some private medical records of patients and B is a pharmaceutical company who wants to view medical records from A to find out the effect of a particular drug on the patients (run a ...
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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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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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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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solving subset sum for two sets

Some bitcoin transactions (especially CoinJoin transactions) include two or more sub-transactions. for example, consider a transaction with Inputs = [2, 3, 4] and Outputs = [4, 5]. In this example, ...
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If the public key characterize the wallet, is it possible to track all transactions of that wallet?

To explain better my question, consider this example: Individual A is an investigator Individual B is been investigated Faking to be interested B's service, individual A gets B's public key to pay ...
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How can I hide my bitcoin transactions to protect anonymity from others?

Please take a look at this transaction link of bitcoin : https://www.blockchain.com/btc/tx/28d2e2117c9c19f9134225169365dd7c1dbb2051674cab373618b0796ac4zzzz My bitcoin address is : ...
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secure Multi-Party Computation (sMPC) in Enigma?

In Enigma whitepaper (>> Link to the Enigma paper <<), in section 5.1 "Overview of secure multi-party computation", page 4, explains how to divide a secret s into multiple shares, using ...
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off-chain payment channels: Do we need to trust “Payment Service Providers”?

A paper entitled: "Privacy in Bitcoin Transactions: New Challenges from Blockchain Scalability Solutions" has tried to investigate privacy issues of the Bitcoin influenced by the solutions for ...
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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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What's partial spending? What does avoidpartialspend do?

Group outputs by address, selecting all or none, instead of selecting on a per-output basis. Privacy is improved as an address is only used once (unless someone sends to it after spending from it), ...
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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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Find who all donated/transacted to/with a particular website/person

I wanted to know is there a way to find if a person donated to a particular site or made a transaction with a known address. I mean I know it could be looked up on blockchain easily, but what I am ...