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Offline phone security

How secure is an offline android phone? Some background. I want to use an app called Bither on android, which allows me to create a cold wallet on 1 phone and a hot wallet on another phone. Cold ...
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How would you set up a ‘cold’ netbook for master-key signing, large Bitcoin transactions, etc? [closed]

I've just ordered a cheap-o netbook on Amazon, with the intention of installing a Linux distro, and turning it into a permanently-offline high-security machine for sensitive tasks. However, I'm no ...
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Why don't sites implement a system where a wrong password causes a 3 second delay?

I am into bitcoin right now, and the password threats scare me a little... Not so much for me, because I use LastPass and generate new passwords at 20 characters and it includes symbols, upper and ...
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Tiny USB sticks

To store my Bitcoin safely, I have an offline transaction setup. Computer A is online with a copy of the blockchain, and computer B is offline with the private keys. To make a transaction, I craft it ...
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Is a government entity capable of establishing a secure virtual currency system? [closed]

After reading about BitCoins, I can't help but contemplate the idea of the a government withdrawing paper money and bringing all currency transactions digital, via a bitcoin-like method where every ...
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Anonymity of Bitcoin

I just asked myself that when you have bitcoin network, which is as we know "pseudo" anonym. Because of the transaction logs of the network (which are afaik endless), it seems that transactions are ...
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compromising DVRs to become bitcoin mining bot [duplicate]

I read this article, about an exploit which highjacks a DVR to become a "bitcoin mining bot". The heart of the attack is to send a binary using just echo comands to the device, which acts as a ...
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Is it safe to use a ECDSA public key as a password seed for GCM/AES?

Two peers already exchanged their ECDSA (curve secp256k1) public keys using a secure channel. They want to establish an authenticated encrypted channel between them. They will use CCM mode and with ...
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Can I use crypto.getRandomValues to create a private key?

In the window.crypto spec: http://www.w3.org/TR/WebCryptoAPI/#RandomSource-interface It says explicitly: "Do not generate keys using the getRandomValues method. Use the generateKey method ...
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Is webRTC safe against man in the middle attacks?

We are implementing an open source software package (copay, a multisig bitcoin wallet), that uses peerJS, which uses webRTC to allow peer-to-peer communication between browsers. peerJS (and webRTC) ...
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Could a network host and process programs while securing against piracy?

Consider an ideal service hosting network, which: Lets programmers: Publish a program in such a way that it can't be retrieved. Associate a program with a wallet. Specify a cost per request and ...
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Minimum SHA256'd UTF8 encoded passphrase length not stored anywhere

For a passphrase that is UTF8 encoded and then SHA256'd, what is the minimum length to achieve a practically collision free result? The implementation is for a 32 byte cryptocurrency ed25519 seed ...
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Is the Litecoin Scrypt hashing technique a threat to hashed passwords?

The Bitcoin alternative, Litecoin uses a different algorithm to protect the block chain, namely Scrypt (not Sha256). Given that GPU accelerators exists, and ASICS are due to be released, does the ...
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Are there any tell-tale signs of self-hacking? [closed]

After the Mt.Gox crash, and also keeping in mind recently published attacks on Target and Neiman Marcus, one is led to believe that sometimes so-called hacking is perpetrated by insiders. What are ...
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Building an VM with Vagrant and connecting with ssh+2FA to protect a bitcoin wallet?

I would like to try to build a Virtualbox image to use with Vagrant. This is the features: Login with SSH + 2FA (Google Auth) No X No internet connection Copy unsigned transaction, sign it and ...
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Ideal cryptocurrency digital signature

What are the characteristics of the ideal digital signature for cryptocurrency transaction verification? The reason I ask is because this answer about bitcoin signatures describes a potential ...
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With ASIC bitcoin miners, should SHA256 be considered insecure for password hashing?

I'm sure everyone here has seen the rise and further rise of bitcoin. The process used for mining bitcoin is basically "let's brute force an SHA256 hash that is less than this amount" That being ...
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Detect Bitcoin Mining

So, me and a network administrator friend were discussing about bitcoin mining. With so many portable bitcoin mining software, we wanted to find the different ways to detect them in the network. How ...
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Safest way to keep an offline bitcoin wallet

Keeping a large amount of bitcoins in an online computer is dangerous. The bitcoin wallet is merely a file, and once the file has been copied the bitcoins can be transferred to another account. ...
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Best practices for operating a Bitcoin-Qt client regarding netwok privacy?

As privacy is part of security, I know there is a Bitcoin SE here but they couldn't answer my question so I hope it's appropriate to ask it here. I don't ask about how to secure my wallet on my ...
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Security of SHA256 and Bitcoins

The Bitcoin network use SHA256 as a core component to it's design. I'm no expert on cryptography, but it seems to me it usually is only a matter of time before security vulnerabilities are discovered ...