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Are there any services that can reasonably guess what IP address a transaction originated from?

Are there any services/agencies running a large number of nodes so that they can guess the IP address of a transaction's origin? I guess they would need to run tens of thousands of nodes. However it'...
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Wrongly Transferred!

If for some reason I made a wrong transfer to an unknown blockchain account, how do I know who is that belongs to? In the first place I think it is unlikely a "wrong transfer" because the Blockchain ...
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Is there information about the buyer and seller in the Blockchain?

Suppose I wanted to track transactions by an individual entity in the Blockchain, say Mr. Smith. Is that possible?
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Can one trace a criminal with his Pubkey?

Say FBI arrested a guy who bought some drugs using bitcoin. Then, is it possible for FBI to trace a drug dealer using the arrested guy’s PrivateKey and his transaction histories? If my understanding ...
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How can Bitcoin be stolen?

If each bitcoin has a ledger (Peer to Peer) and contains all the transaction history since it was mined, then how come it can be stolen? For example, Bitcoins were stolen by hackers from Mt. Gox. If ...
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Coins sent - visualise shows coins moved on - so I didn't send to another wallet of mine?

Transaction ID: 6a1d9ab775f6b028a037deef37723fbf506947103f2c2f6e9c32149e0dffca34 I sent bitcoins in the above transaction. I'm trying to determine if I sent to another wallet of mine, or to another ...
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As of 2017-09, Has there been talks or test implementations of making Litecoin anonymous / untracable like Monero or Zcash?

Being that Litecoin is more likely to implement experimental features before Bitcoin. As of today 2017-09, has there been discussions or test implementations of making Litecoin anonymous like Monero's ...
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If the sender address is known is it possible to find the recipient address?

Let's say I give someone an address to send me some bitcoins, when I eventually use these bitcoins to send to someone else can the person that has my address somehow know the address of the person I ...
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Understanding IP address tracing via Bitcoin Transaction

I recently met a person who helped police track the IP address of a Bitcoin transaction. I wanted to learn more about it but he didn't have time to discuss about this topic in the meet. I am curious ...
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Can hackers behind the ransomware WannaCry be traced through bitcoin transactions?

Can hackers behind the ransomware WannaCry be traced through bitcoin transactions? Is there is central server of Bitcoin where all transactions can be looked up from? And is it possible to identify ...
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how transactions of an address traced in BTC?

I'm a newbie, here is my understanding of how transactions are made and how we make sure how many BTCs an address own. if I didn't get it wrong, how many BTCs a address owned is confirmed by the ...
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Does Segwit mean easier government monitoring?

I have noticed a steady stream of PR articles talking ad nauseum of the dangers of a contentious hard fork and how miners refusing to signal segwit are screwing us all. Many are quite well written and ...
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Lost a transaction and attempting to trace it

I sent a bitcoin transaction to a wallet and it never arrived. Is there a way to find out where it went and get it back?
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Is there any central management of public and private key pairs in blockchain?

Is there any entity in the blockchain that maintains record and manages public/private key pairs of all the users?
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Receiver email address

Can the receiver's email address be obtained from the Bitcoin address? I accidentally sent money to this address: 14gpxmEMrzCpEEp2GZhbUfP5cgBmwtVs9T Thanks.
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Zcash t-addr + z-addr transactions

Is it possible to "break" the traceability of the blockchain by sending ZEC between z-addr and t-addr?
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Is it possible to trace bitcoin ATM withdrawals?

If someone is tracking how BTC are being spent or transferred between wallets, is it possible to concretely determine which transfers constitute conversion into fiat currency at an ATM, and possibly a ...
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clustering addresses, what's the most effective way?

The Fistful of Bitcoins paper by Meiklejohn et al has some nice heuristics. i.e. HEURISTIC 1. If two (or more) addresses are inputs to the same transaction, they are controlled by the same user; i.e....
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How can I find a digital forensics expert to help trace stolen bitcoins?

Are there any professional organizations that have lists of blockchain analysis and digital forensics experts by location? I know some of this work can be done online but a directory of experts by ...
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Does Bitcoin Core leak private information during synchronization without Tor?

I'm very new to bitcoin. Sorry for maybe silly or paranoid questions, but: Do I compromise myself in any ways when I first time run the official Bitcoin Core client for downloading all transactions ...
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Can a transaction have more than one recipient?

I am quite new to Bitcoin. I have a doubt. Let's say I, person A, have 1 bitcoin. I want to send 0.5 BTC to person B and 0.5 BTC to person C in a single transaction. Is it possible to do so within ...
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track criminal payments from Locky

A friend of mine is victem of locky ransomware, and is requested to transfer bitcoins. Of course I recommended against it, but it made me wonder what happens if people do follow the instructions. In ...
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Reverse wheresgeorge.com for BTCs

Say I give 1 BTC to Alice who gives it to Bob who gives it to Carol. Can I now figure out that my original BTC is now with Carol? Of course, by Carol I mean an anonymous address. I'm thinking of a ...
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What is the cheapest fee based bitcoin / altcoin mixing service to keep myself anonymous and from being tracked?

I purchased some bitcoins from Coinbase and I want to give them away to friends for their birthday this year, but what I'm afraid of is if they end up buying stuff on the dark web with it. Last thing ...
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What's a good way to “swipe” all funds into a secure wallet while hiding common ownership?

I'd like to move all funds into a new, safe wallet. I could just send all funds to a new address in the destination wallet. That would disclose shared ownership of all source addresses, though. How ...
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How to identify the owner of a Bitcoin address?

My father's computer was infected with a CryptoWall virus. The virus attacker asks for Bitcoins to send me an app to decrypt my our files. Is there any way to identify the Bitcoin address owner? How ...
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Really are Bitcoins untraceable?

Usually, when some bad guy do something, he requests a payment using Bitcoins. Given that the demanded payment is not common, wouldn't be easy to trace the attackers when they retrieve the money back? ...
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Is there a service that can track how a coin flows from one wallet to another visually?

I sent some coins to an address and would like to track how these coins are flowing into other wallets. Is there a service that shows this visually? My main point is that I want to know if these coins ...
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Procedure for calculating taint?

I'd like to understand taint analysis quantitatively. Blockchain.info offers a service that will calculate taint, but I've found no good explanation for how taint is calculated. The best (and only) ...
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If Bitcoin is traceable, how bitcoin scams are exist?

Let me write an example. A hustler give some people his bitcoin address and these people transfer some bitcoins to his wallet. According to the term, which says that bitcoin transaction is traceable ...
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“Dirty” Bitcoins/Find Bitcoin origins?

I know that it's possible to sort through the blockchain history for your bitcoins, however it is difficult to trace back your coins to when they were originally mined due to bitcoin mixers. Is it ...
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What services let you trace the history of Bitcoins?

What services let you trace the history of Bitcoins? For instance, if the goal is to trace all transactions associated with Bitcoins owned by a certain individual or company, what's the best way to ...
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How to identify large block of coins referenced in this article, reportedly mined by Nakamoto?

This article refers to a large block of Bitcoins mined in 2009, potentially by Nakamoto. What's the best way of identifying which block of Bitcoins are referenced in the article?
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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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Loyalty programs for Bitcoin transactions

Since it is possible to track the transactions in Bitcoin, is it possible to devise loyalty schemes?
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What is bitcoin ID?

An answer on this page says that neither bitcoins nor satoshis have any identity. I then read that You may consider a bitcoin to be "less-anonymous" when an attacker could feasibly find the true ...
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How do I trace a bitcoin transaction to find its location in the world

I need to trace a bitcoin transaction to find out roughly where in the world the wallet is located. Is it possible to use a program, or manual-method, to trace/track a bitcoin transaction to find the ...
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Why is it so difficult to track & recover stolen Bitcoins?

I have to admit I don't fully understand the Bitcoin protocol. But from what I do understand, transactions are traceable -- it is the main reason decentralization works: the world can watch and ...
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How can one find everyone holding IOUs from a given issuer in Ripple?

In Ripple, anyone can issue IOUs, which later can be passed on to other parties in the network through a web of trust. How can one find every account holding IOUs from a given issuer? Would it need to ...
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Are Bitcoin transactions traceable?

I have a question after a silly discussion. We discussed for the best way for terrorists to get money. I have offered bitcoins. My question is: is it possible to trace who has cashed out bitcoins ...
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How untraceable is Bitcoin?

Are Bitcoins truly untraceable? For example: I want to buy Bitcoins with a Credit Card (e.g. through VirWoX) then I transfer them to a bitcoins address. After that I send them to some service like ...
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Why is anonymity important in bitcoins? [closed]

Before I get started I would like to say I am an advocate of a virtual, peer to peer currency and bitcoins to an extent. I think some of the worst aspects of capitalism as well as huge amounts of ...
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Is it possible to figure out whether two addresses are in the same wallet?

I'm wondering, if I sent some bitcoins from one of my own addresses to another address in my wallet, will it be possible for someone to figure out that both addresses are in the same wallet? Or can I ...
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Can bitcoins be traced by pool workers?

A lot of people doing bitcoin mining participate in pooled mining. When participating in pooled mining the workers perform some mathematical calculation (that I have actually not understood) and are ...
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Will BTC value depend on their history?

It might seem that virgin coins will have higher value than older coins that have lot of exchange transactions that might make it more traceable. Is there some prevision in the protocol for this ...
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Can Bitcoin help charitable organisations ensure payments go to the right people?

One common problem when organisations, such as charities or governments, donate money to good causes is that it becomes very hard to track where the money went. For example, there are accusations of ...