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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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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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Types of onion address

I'm running a bitcoin core full node with Tor and I've configured a hidden service for that. The point is: bitcoin core log shows me an onion address which is very smaller than the one I found in /var/...
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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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My full node seems to be rejecting tor connections

I'm running my full node with bitcoin core v0.18.1 with a mostly default configuration on debian 9.11. Port 8333 is forwarded through my router and I have 20+ node connections, so can safely assume ...
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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 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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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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No inbound connections on my bitcoin full node with TOR

Can someone connect to my running node? u3ob433qu3ebkmsu.onion:8333 I'm behind a CG-NAT so I've thought using TOR would solve my problem. I had my node running for hours but no inbound connections. ...
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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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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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Bitcoin doesn't create tor hidden service

Configuring Bitcoin 0.18 node in a brand new Whonix VM on latest Qubes R4.0. Trying to make Bitcoin create a hidden tor service following method 1 here. Also followed what was applicable here. ...
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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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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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Unable to find peers when connecting through tor proxy

I have tor running as a service on my computer and start bitcoind with -proxy=127.0.0.1:9050 but it fails to find any seeds through DNS or anything during startup, and even after leaving it on for ...
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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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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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Are Tor .onion-addresses IP address independent?

Is it possible to move the node to a different IP address and keep the existing (=preciously open and funded) channels functional?
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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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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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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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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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Is my Tor bitcoind node seen by new normal nodes?

I've finished the setup of a bitcoind node behind Tor like in method 1 of this guide I'd like to be as helpful as possible to the network and especially new nodes trying to sync. Are new nodes able ...
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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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Where do mined bitcoins go?

I am running a bitcoin node with the following bitcoind.conf # bitcoind.conf bind=127.0.0.1 # use minimum disk space prune=550 # Pare down traffic to bare minimum blocksonly=1 maxconnections=20 ...
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Building cryptocurrency exchange behind TOR [closed]

quick question, I don't have much experience with TOR(actually nothing), is it reasonable to build a mobile cryptocurrency exchange, which servers are behind TOR, so that's hard to attack for hackers ?...
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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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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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First altcoin with integrated Tor

I'm trying to rebuild the commit history of a coin and it starts with a single dump with a port from another alt. It comes from NovaCoin but has Tor added. Does anyone know what the first coin with ...
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Cannot build circuits because we don't have enough directory information

I'm developing a bitcoin wallet app using BitcoinJ framework. While deploying the app using Tomcat 8, I get the following stack of errors, 12-Jun-2017 14:18:12.511 INFO [PeerGroup Thread] com....
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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Node Discovery Issue

On my node's https://getaddr.bitnodes.io/ page, clicking the "Check Node" button on the bottom of the page reports that the node associated with this IP address is up; however, at the top of the page, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...