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What is Kovri and Why is it Important for Monero?

Category: Altcoins, News, Tech

What is Kovri and Why is it Important for Monero?

In a recent OpenHours episode released August 17, several Monero contributors joined the show to talk about the Kovri project. The project aims to further improve the privacy of the Monero network by making it virtually impossible to deduct any information about transactions. Also, Kovri may potentially become the go-to method to hide IP addresses. Kovri’s Resonance with Monero Kovri…

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Bitmixer’s Exit and Darknet Market Chaos: How Monero Stands to Benefit

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, Commentary, News

Bitmixer’s Exit and Darknet Market Chaos: How Monero Stands to Benefit

The swift takedown of the darknet markets (DNMs) AlphaBay and Hansa, an announcement to exit the market from Bitmixer and the arrest of Alexander Vinnik for laundering $4 billion have all shown that fungibility is still an area for improvement for Bitcoin. As bitcoin shakes off its shady image, Monero has drawn increased attention. The privacy-focused cryptocurrency experienced an outburst…

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AlphaBay’s Downtime Unnerves Users: Another Exit Scam?

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, News, Tech

AlphaBay’s Downtime Unnerves Users: Another Exit Scam?

On July 5, the largest dark net marketplace globally disappeared, with vendors and buyers unable to access their accounts and any bitcoin or cryptocurrency associated with it. Five days later, on July 10, there is no sign of the marketplace coming back. As the largest dark net market, even dwarfing the infamous Silk Road, the site could be experiencing an…

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Is the Anonymity-Centric Cryptocurrency Verge (XVG) a Good Investment?

Category: Altcoins, Cryptocyclopedia, News

Is the Anonymity-Centric Cryptocurrency Verge (XVG) a Good Investment?

If you have been part of the bitcoin community for some time, you will be aware of the fact that bitcoin is not as anonymous as the mass media makes it out to be. Due to bitcoin’s pseudo-anonymity, several methods have been developed that are able to link bitcoin users to their wallet addresses. This has become a concern for…

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OpenBazaar Pioneering Open Markets with Tor Integration

Category: Commentary, News, Tech

OpenBazaar Pioneering Open Markets with Tor Integration

OpenBazaar announced during February 2017 that the long-awaited feature to improve anonymity and privacy for vendors and buyers was here, the code which would enable Tor anonymity was ready, and Tor would finally be integrated into the decentralized online marketplace. “Tor has always been the most requested feature by far,” OpenBazaar developer Chris Pacia said. OpenBazaar is an online marketplace…

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What’s Really Out There on the Dark Net? Terbium Labs Provides Some Answers

Category: Bitcoin, Commentary, News, Tech

What’s Really Out There on the Dark Net? Terbium Labs Provides Some Answers

While the Dark Web is perceived to be a paradise for terrorists, drug cartels, and other shady characters, there are few scientific studies available on what is actually out there. To fill the void, Terbium Labs have recently released a scientific study to answer the question, “What is actually out there on the Dark Web?” Utilizing their patented technologies, including…

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Tor Project Launches Secure Encrypted Messenger App

Category: Entertainment, News, Tech

Tor Project Launches Secure Encrypted Messenger App

The Onion Router (Tor) project has released the first beta version of Tor Messenger, an open-source instant messenger client which brings the same level of privacy and security as the network. Tor was initially designed to conceal a user’s location and usage from anyone conducting network surveillance through a volunteer network The new app is designed for simplicity and privacy; it…

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Transaction Remote Release Whitepaper: TOR-inspired Bitcoin Anonymization

Category: News, Tech

Transaction Remote Release Whitepaper: TOR-inspired Bitcoin Anonymization

Many bitcoin users are attracted to its perceived anonymity; however this feature is misleading. Users transact through pseudonymous addresses — long strings of letters and numbers — which can be deanonymized. The two main methods to accomplish this are known as Analysis of Transaction Chain (ATC) and Analysis of Bitcoin Protocol and Network (ABPN). ATC works by using Bitcoin’s transparency…

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Study: Bitcoin Is Not Anonymous, Should Not Be Used Over Tor Network

Category: News, Tech

Study: Bitcoin Is Not Anonymous, Should Not Be Used Over Tor Network

At the 2015 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, Ivan Pustogarov, a doctoral student at CryptoLUX, the University of Luxembourg’s cryptology research group and author of the research titled Bitcoin Over Tor Isn’t A Good Idea, stated that Bitcoin over Tor is not a good idea because Bitcoin is not anonymous and thus can be tracked. According to Pustogarov’s research published…

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