Category Archives: Privacy

The Code for an Anonymous Lightning Network is Now Live

The lightning network is due for a privacy boost. That’s according to Dr. Ayo Akinyele, a computer scientist who has focused his efforts on building a zcash implementation of anonymous off-chain payment architecture called BOLT. And today that work was published on Github. First conceived by zcash founders Matthew Green and Ian Miers in 2016, the code is inspired by the

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Apocalyptic Predictions About Privacy Coins Are Very Wide of the Mark

Bitcoin is a permissionless ledger. In plain English, that means you don’t need to ask anyone’s damn permission to use it. There are no terms and conditions to read, no checkbox to tick, and no forms to sign before you can send or receive bitcoin. But if some people had their way, pseudonymous cryptocurrencies, as well as anonymous coins like

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Code as a Weapon: Amir Taaki Wants You to Join the Real Crypto Revolution

There are many words that could be used to describe Amir Taaki – but today, ambitious is best. The infamous bitcoin developer – known for co-creating Dark Wallet, Darkleaks and OpenBazaar – took the stage during a hackathon he hosted in the wake of the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS) in Barcelona last week, the same city where he plans to set up

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Market Caps for Privacy-Centric Currencies Have Dropped Significantly

Over the past few years, a few privacy-centric cryptocurrencies have gained both in popularity and value. Many of these coins like monero, dash, pivx, zcash, and more were at one time top ten digital asset contenders as far as market valuation is concerned. Now even though a few of these specific digital assets have dropped out of the top ten

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A Small Crypto Coin Is Making Big Claims About a Private Proof-of-Stake

If any coin is going to fly under the radar, it makes sense for a privacy coin to do so. Spectre (not be confused with a separate project called SPECTRE), created two crypto tokens – the aptly named spectre token and the xspec token – in 2016, but hasn’t received much notice from the crypto community so far. Sure enough, its

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There’s a Bigger Scam Than Anything in Crypto, It’s Called KYC/AML

Edan Yago has spent the last seven years engaged in payments using cryptocurrencies, first at Zynga, then as CEO of Epiphyte and now as the founder of a stealth startup developing a meta-stablecoin platform. Follow him on Twitter here. The worst-kept secret in cryptocurrency is that many projects are little better than scams: they’ve digested billions of dollars and what’s come out

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London Police Proactive Against Alleged Cryptocurrency Money Laundering

After a warning from European law enforcement agency Europol earlier this year that billions of pounds are being laundered through cryptocurrencies, City of London officials have decided to take matters into their own hands.  Transactions made in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are notoriously complicated to trace due to the fact that users can generally generate unlimited numbers of wallets without

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A New Bitcoin Wallet Fulfills an Old Privacy Promise

“From here on out, people can’t say bitcoin is not private anymore.” That’s how veteran developer Adam Fiscor, now CTO and co-founder of the privacy tech startup Zksnacks, described the importance of the Wasabi Wallet, set to debut on August 1. This desktop-friendly bitcoin wallet, which can only be used with the anonymizing Tor browser, will be the first (relatively)

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Cash Shuffle’s BCH Mixer Moves Forward with Steady Testing

Back in December, a new privacy protocol was released for bitcoin cash users called Cash Shuffle. The application has seen steady development since its inception and this week Cash Shuffle developers say that the platform’s alpha testing has been successful and the team has seen lots of testers. After the application is polished up, some more Cash Shuffle will be

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Code Is Speech: Amir Taaki on Crypto’s Debt to Phil Zimmerman

Amir Taaki created libbitcoin, the first alternative bitcoin implementation, and worked on wallets such as Electrum and Darkwallet, as well as privacy markets and decentralized technologies. Currently, he is establishing an academy in Barcelona to train hackers to work on revolutionary technology projects. I recently had the honor of meeting Phil Zimmermann, the creator of PGP, the world’s first freely available encryption

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