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Bitcoin Core includes Tor integration When Tor is correctly setup on your system, Bitcoin Core automatically identifies Tor and creates an anonymous service. Little configuration is required to be 'off the grid' and, just a tiny bit more to be completely anonymous if that is important to you, with none of your Bitcoin traffic reaching out onto the public ...


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It probably doesn't give you more security, and in fact if the mixer service's coin volumes are low, which they likely are, and dependent on whatever their turn around time may be, and dependent on how many coins you are asking them to mix, it is very possible for you to get back some of the same coins you sent to them. Unless they were verifiably in a ...


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Try using bitwasp. It seems to provide a lot of features you need. Try it and let us know if it works. https://github.com/Bit-Wasp/BitWasp https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=109223.0


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Setting up Vidalia Download the Tor Browser bundle Extract, go to the App folder, and double click Vidalia (and select "Run"). Let Vidalia load. If Vidalia doesn't work, run the "start-tor-browser" file at the top level of the extracted directory. Ensure that the port is 9150 (it usually is). If you're not sure, go to Edit>Preferences>Network>Settings and ...


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Armory (in online mode) uses a full node. Full nodes relay transactions for other programs on the Bitcoin network, so by running Armory on Tor, you help other people send their transactions with possibly-improved privacy. Sending your own transactions through Tor with Armory can help prevent anyone from associating your IP address with your transaction, ...


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Yes, since version 0.7 this is possible with the reference client. See the documentation about tor: https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/blob/master/doc/tor.md EDIT: also see https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Fallback_Nodes#Tor_nodes for a list of published onion nodes. The explanation on that site should be updated to reflected the built-in support for onion ...


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Yes, the most notable one being this one. It illustrates that it is possible to associate transactions and addresses with forum users' identities, as well as connecting them to some organizations (including WikiLeaks, MyBitcoin, Slush's Pool etc). Tracking users by their IP is a bit harder, although during the work on my master thesis I was able to find an ...


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The algorithm of registering .bit domain is described, for example, on dot-bit wiki. In short: Create new domain name with name_new command: ./namecoind name_new d/<name> Wait 12 or more blocks Actually register the domain with name_firstupdate, where <rand> is the second (shorter) hexadecimal string returned by name_new, and <json-value> ...


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Well, if you are interested being as anonymous as possible, Tor is far more interesting. The VPN provider may not know who you are but it does know your IP address and the website you are visiting, which is almost the same if it comes in the hands of those you probably want to avoid knowing it. With Tor on the other hand, node know each other's IP address. ...


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Using Tor doesn't help to prevent someone from linking addresses and guessing that they might be owned by the same person. It may help to keep someone from finding out who that owner actually is, where they live, etc.


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Eligius has a hidden service for Tor mining.


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BitInstant seems like a nice Tor-friendly option (they even accept deposits in cash): https://www.bitinstant.com/


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Low-latency transmissions over Tor can be defeated with a timing attack if you're connected to several of the attacker's nodes and the attacker is watching your transmissions at your ISP. The attacker can relay only blocks that he/she creates, putting you on a Bitcoin fork (separate from the main chain). After that you would be open to double-spending ...


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No, it's a bad idea to run bitcoin over tor if your striving for anonymity. Here is a paper detailing the vulnerability. While Bitcoin provides some level of anonymity (or rather pseudonymity) by encouraging the users to have any number of random-looking Bitcoin addresses, recent research shows that this level of anonymity is rather low. This encourages ...


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The Bitcoin client is designed as a peer-to-peer network. To join the network, you need to make a connection to a node that accepts incoming connections. To protect against certain types of Sybil attacks, a client tries to make 8 outbound connections to geographically diverse nodes. If you connect to the network through tor, you cannot accept inbound ...


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Your settings look correct for the versions you would have been using, I do not know about bitseed.conf however. For a more up to date guide for setting up Bitcoin Core to run over Tor, you can try this question. Bitcoin Core now supports automatically configuring an ephemeral Tor service, for example.


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Bitcoin Core no longer contains any mining code, so it's definitely not mining. (If it were, you'd see 100% CPU usage.) Mining has nothing to do with the behavior you are seeing. You're downloading the entire block chain (150+ GB) and checking it for validity, which explains the CPU usage. The UpdateTip message simply records that you've received a new ...


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The answer to your question is a clear NO, as two very different problems are being tackled but the onion routing in the TOR network and by the Onion Routing in BOLT 04. The idea of the Tor network is to hide your IP address. If you run your lightning node on a tor onion you will have a tor address and not even your channel partners can know where your ...


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The paper you link to when used as advice rather than a scholarly investigation into the tradeoffs of different choices is outright bad advice. The attacks they give are largely generic and have little to do with tor itself, while use of tor provides non-trivial protection against many other vectors, and if used consistently and exclusively at least ...


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Currently for a bitcoin node using Tor to connect to another bitcoin node it must pass through an exit node. There is work being performed on a resolution for this as described here: Supporting IPv6 in a somewhat general way would pave the way for bitcoin functioning for example as a Tor or I2P hidden service, by using onioncat-like tor-encoded-in-...


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You could mine over TOR, but I would expect you would get much higher stales & downtime due to the high latencies of the TOR network. You can use the application ProxyChains to force any application on your computer to use a proxy (or a combination of proxies), simply add a new proxy to ProxyChains, 127.0.0.1 as IP and your TOR software's port as port, ...


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Buying coins non-anonymously in the UK: Transferwise to Bitstamp's European account - £1 transfer fee, then <0.5% commission to buy. Spending: I guess you would use a mixer service


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My suggestion: Don't use windows AT ALL. Easiest way to get hacked. also here's the answers you are looking for https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Tor specifically this line: "(after starting tor) Run bitcoind with -proxy=127.0.0.1:9050"


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Unfortunately there is a library used in MultiBit/ bitcoinj for networking (called netty) that does not support SOCKS proxies. Thus currently you cannot set up MultiBit to use Tor. It is something we want to support so there are plans afoot to refactor the code and use a different networking library that does support SOCKS proxies.


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VPNs are not absolutely untraceable like Tor (save in the case of rare targeted attacks and security breaches) so Tor >> VPN always and there's a good explanation for that on torproject.org . That being said, everything you do on Tor is really slow so it really depends on how important you think your anonymity is in regard to this transaction.


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I don't think there any good reasons to use multiple SOCKS listener ports on the same tor in your situation. After all, it all ends up in the same place.


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Almost all of the drawbacks of using bitcoin over Tor revolve around the fact that your node can't trust that it isn't segmented from the network and thus can't truly verify the state of the network it sees is real. So if you ran two bitcoin nodes (both with the same privkey), one on the clearnet just to have an accurate view of the network and the other ...


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Electrum v3.1.3 and earlier includes a setting to use Tor When Tor is correctly setup on your system, it is possible to directly configure Electrum to connect via Tor for all connections, both to Electrum servers and, to third-party services. Using these steps you can be anonymous in only five minutes. Setting up Electrum and Tor These instructions work ...


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bitcoind will cache the private key used. It is located at in the onion_private_key file in your bitcoind data directory (default will be ~/.bitcoin/onion_private_key). Delete that file and you should get a new onion private key and thus a new onion URL.


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Using a mixer helps preserve your financial privacy. The question is: who are you protecting your privacy from? Bitcoin transactions are public record, so anybody can view any historical transaction at their leisure. So when considering your privacy, there are a few different situations worth exploring, for example: An unrelated third party is looking at ...


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