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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How does a game like Satoshi Dice avoid de-anonymizing users?

When considering games like satoshi dice or many other more typical online casino games, how do they handle awarding prizes? It seems like they pay back to the original input that sourced capital to ...
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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 does the Payment Hub learn about its users in TumbleBit?

When a user participates in transactions on a TumbleBit payment hub, what does the payment hub learn about the user's transactions?
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What additional actions should an ethical Bitcoin-related business take with each transaction?

I'm considering starting an ethical business for users that accepts Bitcoin as a payment. My intent is to abide by all laws and interpret them in an appropriate manner. My intent is to abide by ...
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What information can an attacker gain from watching the users behavior in block chain?

Given the blockchain is a public ledger, if user chooses not not change their public key (address) every time they make a transaction, what information can an attacker gain from watching the users ...
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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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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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zk-SNARKs vs. Zk-STARKs vs. BulletProofs? (Updated)

zk-SNARKs, Zk-STARKs and BulletProofs are three major zero knowledge proofs to provide privacy for the blockchain technology. If we can compare them, (1) Bulletproofs and Zk-STARKs require no ...
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What impact on privacy does it have when a service like Coinbase starts using batching?

In the recent discussion of Coinbase's sending outage, the question was brought up how the privacy of Coinbase's customers would be affected if Coinbase started to use payment batching instead of ...
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Method to measure “distance” between 2 transaction id's

Is there a blockchain tool/code that takes two BTC transaction ID's and determines a distance between them. It's 2017 and Bitcoin Privacy (aka trying to walk around in the public without a sign over ...
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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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Proper use of mixing service

Everybody knows that bitcoin blenders anonymize your coins but shouldn't you follow some precautions for your mixing to be effective? I suppose that mixer is fair (it won't steal your money and does ...
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Anonymous (no ID, no verification) Payments to PayPal?

Not looking for a discussion on how Bitcoin payments can be traced and it's not truly anonymous. I'm not looking for total anonymity, I just don't want the merchant or payment processor to identify me....
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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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Why does my public IP show a Bitcoin Node is running when it is set up over Tor?

I've set up my node to run exclusively over TOR. But when I check https://bitnodes.earn.com/ and a few other sites with my public IP to check if a bitcoin node is accepting incoming connections, it ...
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State of privacy-preserving light clients

Currently, it is trivial to operate a SPV wallet in Bitcoin at the cost of a lot of privacy due to the necessity to connect to full nodes that offer SPV services. Neutrino, currently being worked on ...
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What is considered to be sufficient anonymity set?

We know that 2 is insufficient and 10,000 is more than enough. We also know JoinMarket can achieve about 2-6, Monero 2-3, but there all transactions are mixed, so they add up, CoinJoin can do 400-...
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Zerocash: how to verify that a mint transaction is correct

I'm reading the whitepaper of zerocash and I don't understand how a mint transaction works. Here are my following questions: How do you prove that you have enough bitcoins to form a certain amount of ...
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Why do most alt coin developers choose to remain anonymous?

Is having a known public identity not helpful in building reputation for a project? Are the privacy and security concessions associated with revealing your identity not worth the perceived benefit?
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bitmixer.io usage

I am somewhat confused by the bitmixer.io site. I can enter the Adress, where I want to send bitcoins to, but I have no idea how to go from there. How can I send bitcoins into the service? Can anyone ...
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How do I implement a blind multisig protocol?

I'd like to implement a 2-of-3 multisig protocol such that: Three parties generate private keys The private keys are never physically combined on one system - each private key never leaves its system ...
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How Crypto Payment Processors Handle Wallet Balance Privacy?

If an online store accepts crypto payments directly into its wallet there is a problem: "Anyone can make a small transfer to any BTC address derived from the MPK so they can watch the store's and its ...
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PayJoin privacy only works with specific output sizes?

In the specific example of PayJoin here: https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/PayJoin the wiki equates a PayJoin transaction as indistinguishable from a regular transaction. However the transaction example ...
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How long until the majority of circulating Bitcoin are involved in a CoinJoin transaction?

This isn't something we can know for sure, but based on the current size and frequency of CoinJoin transactions, how could we approximate the time required until more than half of circulating Bitcoins ...
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Physical safety of crypto owner

Let's image a scenario where I buy (or trade) BTC on a regular basis and have a large number of coins in my wallet. Of course I'd like to be able to use my coins whenever possible, exchange with ...
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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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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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How blockchain privacy works

I have just read this which talks about creating private blockchains and using a unique public/private key per transaction so you can't be traced. There are also "Zero-knowledge proofs" which I'm not ...
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Why participants transact bitcoins use pseudonyms rather than persistent real-world identitie?

I recently read an article that tries to make reveal the identity of participants which transact bitcoins. my question is why participants use pseudonym instead of real-world identities and cause ...
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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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Can I anonymously self-publish books on Amazon and get paid in Bitcoin?

I want to publish the book under a pseudonym, or better yet, anonymously! I had been looking into Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. I’d also like to use an anonymous e-mail address. Would it be ...
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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 ...