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A distributed anonymization network, making not only much more difficult to eavesdrop the content, but also hiding the participants. Most TCP/IP applications - including bitcoin software - can be easily modified/configured to communicate on tor.

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Running a store through Tor - what are the setup options available?

I am required to setup a store that will operate through Tor and accept Bitcoin payments only. I know I can run the standard client on the server and make it connect to peers only through Tor. However,...
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How can I setup Bitcoin to be anonymous with Tor?

Bitcoin is billed as many things, among them its anonymity is highly regarded. While it is true that a transaction does not identify a user or wallet, recent news shows that there is the potential for ...
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Which exchanges are Tor-friendly?

Mt. Gox's sign-up page states: Please be advised that accessing your account via the Tor network and/or public proxies may result in a temporary suspension of your account, and having to submit ...
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bitcoind and onion listening

I would like to get Bitcoind to advertise that it is listening on an onion address. However, I do not want to have Bitcoind use a tor socks proxy to connect. I have a special router for tor ...
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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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Some questions about Lightning and Tor

Currently there is a wave of articles claiming the Lightning Network is shrinking. If you look at official statistics, like on p2sh.info, this seems true. I was told that some of it might be an ...
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BitLaunder's mixer vs “major exchanges” mixer

BitLaunder (seemingly created by syadasti) writes: Secure Launder renders your bitcoins completely untraceable, even to the most persistent forensic investigator. You deposit bitcoins into your ...
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Pool mining through the TOR network?

Is it possible to mine Bitcoins at a pool through the TOR network? If so, how would one configure the appropriate tools?
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How do I register a .bit domain name with Namecoin?

I have several namecoins and would like to register a name. That name could either be for TOR, DNS, or any other purpose. What are the steps needed to spend these coins?
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Can a Bitcoin server have a .onion ToR address?

Is it possible for a Bitcoin server to have a .onion ToR address? If so, are there any in existence today? (Note: this is an alternative to hiding addresses via the Azure Service Bus)
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Running full node over Tor

I am attempting to run a full bitcoin-core (v0.13.1) node over the Tor network for the first time. I have set up my /etc/tor/torrc file with the following two lines: HiddenServiceDir /var/lib/tor/...
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Running a Bitcoin client with tor with a Debian based Linux OS

I've received a question asking how to setup a Bitcoin client using Tor on a Debian based Linux system. Could someone provide a rough overview and perhaps a link to a tutorial?
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How fast can a LN payment be over TOR?

I wonder how fast a LN payment can be over TOR if all possible optimizations have been implemented?
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Have there been case studies of how anonymous bitcoins are?

The blockchain has a lot of information about all bitcoin transactions. I've heard a lot of conjecture about how anonymous bitcoins transactions are, but I haven't seen a scientific study. Are there ...
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Is it safe to connect multiple alternative crypto currency clients to the same TOR socks port?

Or should I create multiple TOR socks ports and use one for each client? I plan on running bitcoind, namecoind, litecoind, etc... all on the same ubuntu machine running under different users but all ...
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What's the purpose of running Armory through Tor?

What's the purpose of running Armory through Tor? Is it only useful once you get to the point where you start sending Bitcoins?
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What are the limitations of a Client connecting to the Network through TOR?

I've recently been reading the Weaknesses Wiki page on "Attack on all users" and I came upon this statement: The IP addresses of most users are totally public. You can use Tor to hide this, but the ...
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How does Lightning Network over TOR work?

I'm interested to understand in detail how the lightning network works over Tor. Implementations like lnd, c-lightning etc. offer an extension which allow running TOR with Lightning. I would like to ...
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How can someone prevent a sybil attack when connecting through TOR?

As I understand it, running sybil BTC nodes through an anonymous network like TOR is much less expensive than in clearnet. This makes it possible that one could be connected to a majority of nodes ...
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How do I pay for something anonymously from the UK using bitcoins?

I've seen the following guide but it's no good as I can't use bitinstant from the UK. Can someone recommend an alternative? Step 1. Download and install TOR Step 2. While using TOR create a Tormail ...
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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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Alternative to run Bitcoin over Tor

I know running Bitcoin over Tor isn't a good idea: Bitcoin over Tor isn’t a good idea. My question is: there are any alternative to hide the IP to the network safely? Using a proxy, if you don't full ...
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What are the potential security issues when running a Lightning Node on my home network?

If I was to run a lightning node on my home network (and for example, not running the node through TOR), what should I worry about? Furthermore, what OS, settings and software should I use to ...
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Could somebody be traced in a situation like this?

I'm fairly new to bitcoins and wanted to know if somebody could be traced easily in a situation like this: Somebody buys btc with his/her own name Btc are sent to an address, an offline wallet, which ...
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Can a Bitcoin (secp256k1) key be converted to a Ed25519 (Tor v3) key?

If I have secp256k1 keypair that is widely known, like a Bitcoin address, can I convert that into a Ed25519 key pair such that someone could access a .onion address in a deterministic way?
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Bitcoin-based Distributed Donation Systems, whichs do you know?

I've heard that Tor Project constructed such system: Everybody who are participating in the Tor Network, creating Exit Node or even Middle Node, would simply paste his Bitcoin address into the "...
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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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Lightning Onion Routing vs TOR

From what I can gather BOLT #4 is applying similar methods, such as obscuring previous and future hops from intermediate nodes, to the TOR network for routing payments across the Lightning network. ...
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How can using Bitcoin with Tor improve privacy?

As far as I understand Bitcoin, user privacy and anonymity are hard to guarantee in the presence of multi-input transactions and shadow addresses. Some sites suggest using Tor to hide the source of a ...
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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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Can I safely run Tor and Armory through Tor simultaneously?

Would running armory through Tor affect the anonymity of Tor Browser, or vice versa? Are there any unusual precautions I should take when doing this?
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Generate new .onion address for bitcoind over tor

Been following this guide just to tinker around with bitcoind over tor. According to the guide, when bitcoind controls the tor daemon using controlport=9051 whenever you restart bitcoind tor should ...
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Tor: inbound self-connection

I set up my bitcoind to run on tor network. When I list peers, I get 8 outbound connections and 4 inbound, which all have "addr": "127.0.0.1:46310", "addrlocal": "****.onion:8333", where the ...
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How does Transaction Remote Release work?

How exactly does TRR (Transaction Remote Release) work? What are the similarities (and differences) with the way TOR works?
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Connecting full nodes within a LAN to speed up blockchain sync

Bitcoin core v0.14.0 seems to be a lot quicker than previous versions, to the point where syncing the full blockchain now seems to be IO-bound rather than CPU-bound: When running top I used to see my ...
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Running TorBB on host machine while running Whonix VM setup as guest on the same physical box

I've currently set up Whonix VMs using Virtual Box on OS X 10.11.6. Before that I was using a Bitcoin-qt with Tor Browser Bundle. Now I'm having question what is a best way to use bitcoin+tor setup ...
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No connection to Bitcoin network from known Tor IP?

I have a very fast home Internet connection. I decided to share my bandwidth by setting up a Tor relay on an unused machine on my home network. Any connection I make from my home connection to an ...
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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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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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How can I process bitcoin payments from a hidden service on Tor?

I had a very simple question for which I seem unable to find an answer. I want to set up a Tor hidden service and on it allow Bitcoin transactions. How can I make this happen? The server would be ...
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difference between inbound and outbound connection

I'm running a bitcoin full node (bitcoin core) via Tor. I noticed I have only outbound connections (using maxconnections=16 in the conf file), but not even an inbound one. So which is exactly the ...
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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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How can I get my LND node to make connections over Tor, IPv4, and IPv6?

I followed this guide (https://github.com/lightningnetwork/lnd/blob/master/docs/configuring_tor.md) to setup Tor on my LND node, but this forced all my traffic through Tor, and I was no longer ...
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Any privacy considerations regarding allowing inbound connections for a Tor full node?

I wanted to know if there's any privacy considerations to take into account when opening the bitcoin ports on the router for a bitcoin node. I'm using -onlynet=onion in the bitcoin.conf file and I ...
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Connect to Bitcoin Node behind tor network

I configured my full bitcoin node behind tor (nowadays there aren't much bitcoin nodes behind tor network, this website: https://bitnodes.21.co/nodes/?q=Tor%20network tell us that there are just 323 ...
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Maintaining Tor hidden service onion address over new hardware

My bitcoin Tor node recently suffered a hard disk failure. After changing the hardware, re-installing Linux and bitcoind, setting up Tor for a hidden service, I realized (obviously !) that my external ...
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How can I set the port of bitcoind to run Armory through Tor?

I'm trying to set up Armory with Tor by directing all Armory communications to port 9150 which is the one that I have been told my Tor browser uses. Before I start Armory or the Tor Browser, I ...
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blockchain.info api for tor hidden services

I would like to use blockchain.info "recieve payment" api for my hidden service, but would like opinion on the following considerations: Will it be possible to use blockchain.info api for hidden ...
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TorBrowser + HTTPSEverywhere Blockchain.info wallet safe?

I seem to find conflicting information regarding the possibility of a TOR exit node stealing my data even while using HTTPS. How possible/likely is this? Let's assume user implements strong security ...
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How to make a Hidden Tor Bitcoin Mixing Service? [closed]

Bitcoiners. I have been trying to seek out a legit Bitcoin Mixing service, and I just don't feel secure by putting my coins in their hands. I have scoured the internet trying to find a tutorial on how ...