[Bitcoin-development] Criminal complaints against "network disruption as a service" startups
voisine at gmail.com
Mon Mar 16 19:33:06 UTC 2015
Thanks Jan, we added several additional checks for non-standard protocol
responses, and also made the client revert to DNS seeding more quickly if
it runs into trouble, so it's now more robust against sybil/DOS attack. I
mentioned in the coindesk article that I didn't think what your nodes were
doing was intended to be malicious with respect to network disruption. It's
our job to better handle non-standard or even malicious behavior from
random p2p nodes.
co-founder and CEO
On Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 1:44 AM, Jan Møller <jan.moller at gmail.com> wrote:
> What we were trying to achieve was determining the flow of funds between
> countries by figuring out which country a transaction originates from.
> To do that with a certain accuracy you need many nodes. We chose a class C
> IP range as we knew that bitcoin core and others only connect to one node
> in any class C IP range. We were not aware that breadwallet didn't follow
> this practice. Breadwallet risked getting tar-pitted, but that was not our
> intention and we are sorry about that.
> Our nodes DID respond with valid blocks and merkle-blocks and allowed
> everyone connecting to track the blockchain. We did however not relay
> transactions. The 'service' bit in the version message is not meant for
> telling whether or how the node relays transactions, it tells whether you
> can ask for block headers only or full blocks.
> Many implementations enforce non standard rules for handling transactions;
> some nodes ignore transactions with address reuse, some nodes happily
> forward double spends, and some nodes forward neither blocks not
> transactions. We did blocks but not transactions.
> In hindsight we should have done two things:
> 1. relay transactions
> 2. advertise address from 'foreign' nodes
> Both would have fixed the problems that breadwallet experienced. My
> understanding is that breadwallet now has the same 'class C' rule as
> bitcoind, which would also fix it.
> Getting back on the topic of this thread and whether it is illegal, your
> guess is as good as mine. I don't think it is illegal to log incoming
> connections and make statistical analysis on it. That would more or less
> incriminate anyone who runs a web-server and looks into the access log.
> At lease one Bitcoin service has been collecting IP addresses for years
> and given them to anyone visiting their web-site (you know who) and I
> believe that this practise is very wrong. We have no intention of giving IP
> addresses away to anyone, but we believe that you are free to make
> statistics on connection logs when nodes connect to you.
> On a side note: When you make many connections to the network you see lots
> of strange nodes and suspicious patterns. You can be certain that we were
> not the only ones connected to many nodes.
> My takeaway from this: If nodes that do not relay transactions is a
> problem then there is stuff to fix.
> On Fri, Mar 13, 2015 at 10:48 PM, Mike Hearn <mike at plan99.net> wrote:
>> That would be rather new and tricky legal territory.
>> But even putting the legal issues to one side, there are definitional
>> For instance if the Chainalysis nodes started following the protocol
>> specs better and became just regular nodes that happen to keep logs, would
>> that still be a violation? If so, what about blockchain.info? It'd be
>> shooting ourselves in the foot to try and forbid block explorers given how
>> useful they are.
>> If someone non-maliciously runs some nodes with debug logging turned on,
>> and makes full system backups every night, and keeps those backups for
>> years, are they in violation of whatever pseudo-law is involved?
>> I think it's a bit early to think about these things right now. Michael
>> Grønager and Jan Møller have been Bitcoin hackers for a long time. I'd be
>> interested to know their thoughts on all of this.
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