Controversy Around Profitability of AltCoin Investment

There is a considerable controversy around whether investing in a balanced basket of cryptocoins is a good idea. Two serious sources show that this sort of investment enjoys steady growth without a lot of downturns, cf. DLT10 Index and a recent detailed study which concentrates on a shorter period with excellent returns since Jan 2016 (cf. also …

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Bitcoin Block Reward Halving

In a few minutes, cf. countdown, the amount of bitcoins attributed to each block mined will be divided by 2 in one single step. A rare event which happens once approximately every 4 years. This is an artificial shock which is tolerated by the bitcoin community in the name of misplaced ideology that whatever was decided …

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Is Satoshi Nakamoto Back?

Today the Economist publishes a picture of Craig Wright, who decided to confirm and embrace the claim that he is the mysterious creator of bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto. The picture and the paper portrays a sad man who is badly struggling “to convince the world that he is indeed who he claims to be”. He also …

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On Forces of Self-Destruction in Bitcoin

I have worked for several years in bitcoin community. In May 2014 I have published a paper in which I formulated the theory of programmed self-destruction of crypto currency.   Few points about this My conclusion was that many crypto currencies were genetically programmed or bound to self-destruct. This is absolutely certain. Not because they were …

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Criminals Exploit Lack Of Knowledge of How Bitcoin Works

A so called Bitcoin Generator Tool v.2.9 have been released today (Sat 3 Oct 2015) and already 260 downloads within a few hours! It is a ZIP file which claims that it performs full access on the Bitcoin central SQL database and allows one to add bitcoins to his account. Needless to say there is no such …

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Bitcoin Enters White House

The White House has appointed a well known crypto currency expert Ed Felten from Princeton University Computer Science department. This is a good sign, this means that an informed scientific debate, intellectual honesty and common sense have a chance to survive in the crypto currency world. I have started to doubt about it. Felten has many …

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Block Withholding Attacks – Recent Research

In a recent paper, Ittay Eyal from Cornell University takes the block withholding attacks to the next level. Very interesting work. We are going to decrypt and clarify a few things regarding this paper and how it relates to other previously published works (in particular our paper). The Invention of Block Withholding The danger of a block …

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Controversy Around Bitcoin Elliptic Curve

So many times we have learned about cryptography and security the hard way. One of the key problems is ignoring the advice and warnings, which are plainly written in the current crypto literature. This without the slightest ambiguity, so that there is very little doubt about what a reasonable and professional security practice is. The Story …

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The Day On Which Bitcoin Has Become Centralized

Bitcoin is widely believed to be an open source egalitarian system that was designed and fully specified by Satoshi and which is decentralized and governed by some sort of majority rule. The reality is very different. It isn’t any of these. Bitcoin is a murky shadowy system which obeys peculiar rules which nobody fully understands and …

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Bitcoin Security and Cryptography: Reasons to Worry

Bitcoin has a toxic culture of NOT taking security and cryptography questions seriously ever. Being able to withstand expert criticism, champion best practices and anticipate the risks is crucial for any open source project. Unhappily we observe that: There isn’t a single academic or scientist at the bitcoin foundation and they don’t like being criticized on …

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