Will Umbra and particl differ in terms of features? How will you ensure particl will not become the "ultimate version of silkroad"?
To me the switch from the ShadowProject to particl looks mostly like a rebrand. Are there any plans to add or to delete any feature which were promised to be in Umbra? Or is your development roadmap more or less the same? I have another question. On you website you claim
To get right to the point, Particl is being built with protection to ensure the market does not become an ultimate version of silk road.
Actually for me the ShadowProject looked like it had the aim to become the ultimate version the silkroad from the beginning. You even named it ShadowCash! You are combining PGP, TOI2p, Bitcoin and Silkroad in one application. How will this not be the ultimate version of Silkroad? Which unnamed protections will you build in so it will not become the ultimate silkroad? Will there be any kind of censorship or access for LEOs? I saw the ShadowProject to become the successcor of all the current DarknetMarkets. For me this was the main reason to invest actually. Thank you in advance for answering!
Would you be willing to use decentralized anonymous networks like TOR, I2P, FreeNet, Bitcoin, OpenBazaar etc. for traditional business?
Many people aren't aware of available darknet resources and their benefits. It would be interesting to know if people here would consider trying these networks with clients or coworkers. Using darknet resources gives you all the benefits that confidentiality gives when it's established between a business owner and his/her clients.
I've seen little enthusiasm for running full nodes on i2p compared to running them on Tor, even though i2p is truly decentralized by continuously profiling and ranking performance of peers unlike Tor which uses a centralized trusted directory service to route data. If 5 of the 9 hardcoded relay directory authorities were to be taken down (3 of them are in the US and 2 are in Germany), consensus would be impossible. Users would then be forced to update to a new version of Tor with an updated list of directory authorities, but the same thing could happen again. Why hasn't there been more discussion about i2p support?
Ubuntu is more a gateway drug into the GNU/Linux world. It is more free-as-in-freedom than being enslaved to Microsoft or Apple; but by itself, you still lack some control over your machine. It is wise to know the limitations of Ubuntu - fix the privacy leaks and harden the default security. When you're ready, you can explore other open source communities. But Ubuntu is still valuable in that it is stable and makes it easy to try out.
Anyone knows of Tor/I2P variants of LocalBitcoins.com? - In general, buying bitcoins anonymously
So I saw this article on CoinDesk, about the EU legal crackdown on acquiring bitcoin: http://www.coindesk.com/european-union-proposes-tighter-bitcoin-controls-panama-papers-response/ This paints a dark future for Bitcoin and an existential threat to the relative privacy it offers (Eu being just an example), because even if coins are mixed, it will be possible from a point to track how much a person buys or sells. Exchanges are already gagged. I can easily envision all ATM operators being forced to scan IDs and palms (some already are in the US). Maybe from one point even LocalBitcoins-like sites won't allow registrations without full verification. This brought me to the idea of this.. in case all the above become true, what options will be left to turn traditional money into bitcoin anonymously? If things continue this way, no matter how untrustworthy a Tor hidden service can be, people will be willing to trade on a .onion replacement of LocalBitcoins. Do you know whether something like that already exists? What other options are available for buying, and maybe selling bitcoin totally anonymously? Or will we be reduced to seeking strange dealer characters on the dark corner of the street, who sell crypto with greater caution than selling drugs?
So I was very skeptical at first, but Dave maybe convinced me about 10% that they have some level of capability in the direction they're suggesting. The techniques are stuff we've known, and it would require large computational resources, combined with loads of offchain data, but maybe they have taken efforts to the next level. It's my belief that govts and banks really dislike Monero. So with that in mind lets give them some small benefit of the doubt and take some creative license:
They amalgamate data from as many publicly available places, some exchanges, and resource sharing with big brother, deep state, govt agencies. Verdict: Near certainty. And I think we have long been aware that the off-chain data is where weaknesses can really creep in. Certainly we have been aware of the dragnet collection ongoing for 2 decades.
Conducting dust or poisoned output attacks on known public addresses, particularly for targets of interest. Also highly likely.
Correlation of IP addresses with on chain data? Recently mitigated with Dandelion++, but previously, medium likelyhood. Seems unlikely that they were correlating every clearnet IP/Tx, and obviously alot of us use ToI2P. But for targeted individuals, yeah probably. Perhaps they're even getting a feed of filtered dragnet IP data.
Transaction graphs. Statistically low useability unless combined with off-chain data. They're probably taking medium probability topologies and corroborating them with off-chain data, as well as poisoned outputs, to significantly increase the confidence of linkages.
Synergy. Yeah, puke, I know. But putting all that together, stripping decoys, generating sets of correlated outputs, provides some ability to gain further resolution on the tx graph, iteratively. I imagine they run countless iterations under different initial assumptions and constants tuning.
Again, they would need some serious computational power and off-chain data feeds. I also imagine that their models suffer from time-decay, especially without a constant stream of hueristic data. Notice at the end he emphasized opsec. Here, I really do believe him. So finally, lets talk opsec.
Run your own node, over Tor or I2P. Dandelion is great, but it doesn't hurt to add an extra layer.
Always generate new subaddresses for every new customer, and avoid posting them to public locations. The less opportunity someone has to turn you into a dust attack, the better. That "refund address" that you get on MorphToken? Yeah, generate a new sub-address and don't re-use it. Regularly cycle your Bisq addresses.
Limit transactions from your smart phone as much as possible.
Don't be turning around transactions immediately after the 20-block limit.
If you suspect that you may have been vulnerable or targeted for some of the above analysis, and/or that you might have a set of correlated outputs, I suggest this: Spend all your funds to self, to a NEW wallet. Yes this will almost certainly confirm their suspected linkage, because you will be doing a multiple input tx containing all of your suspected linked outputs... BUT ... it will also break their future linkage. You will now have one real output with all your funds. Over the course of weeks/months, randomly churn it. They now lose the ability to use multiple-input transactions, to create probabilistic transaction graphs on you. They will quickly lose you in the decoys.
Be PARTICULARLY carefull before depositing funds to an exchange, especially if you suspect you might have poisoned outputs.
I have mixed feelings on this. One of our selling points is default privacy made easy. A lot of what I wrote above doesn't exactly sound simple. On the other hand, crypto is about self responsibility and knowledge. Most people ought to have been adhering to at least the basics (ToVPN, new subaddresses, run your own node). But even if we give CT the benefit of the doubt, the following is still true: Newb use of Monero is far more private than ninja use of Bitcoin.
While I2P is a fantastic network, there is definitely one thing it lacks when compared to Tor: a purpose-built browser. While Tor users are given the gift of the Tor Browser, I2P users are forced to scavenge for a browser and add-ons that fit their security and anonymity needs. Fortunately, with just a few tweaks the Tor Browser can be ... TA market for trading bitcoins that runs on the i2p anonymous network. Notice - While this exchange appears to technically be functional, there does not appear to be any open orders nor any trading activity.. The objective of the Bitcoin Exchange is to provide a convenient electronic exchange to facilitate the buying and selling of commodities in complete anonymity where no transaction is ... I2P (айтупи, рус. «Проект Невидимый Интернет») — средство, позволяющее ежедневно водить копирастам, спецслужбам и прочим пидорам хуём по губам. Одно лишь упоминание этого чудо-средства заставляет их срать кровавыми ... The I2P (Invisible Internet Project) is an anonymous communication system within the public Internet (a.k.a. the Clearnet). It is a peer-to-peer communications network that takes advantage of the Internet infrastructure but uses end-to-end encryption and other techniques to make its users anonymous.. Its use cases range from file sharing, messaging, chatting, emailing, cryptocurrencies and ... The first I2P convention was held in Toronto, Ontario. The conference was hosted by a local hackerspace, Hacklab. The conference featured presentations from I2P developers security researchers.
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