Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin describes his vision for stealth addresses

Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin has put forward a general approach to stealth addresses, as seen on his personal blog on Jan. 20. Stealth addresses, as described by Buterin, circumvent the fact that public blockchains like Ethereum reveal a significant amount of transaction data. Stealth addresses essentially conceal the recipient of certain transactions. Stealth addresses also … Read more

MetaMask privacy concerns, ConsenSys responds to the backlash

On Dec. 5, CryptoSlate ran an article on privacy concerns related to the use of MetaMask wallet, specifically how a recent public disclosure revealed the logging of user IP addresses. In response to the backlash, MetaMask’s parent company ConsenSys released a statement addressing the concerns raised. Crypto community uneasy over data collection policy An updated … Read more

Infura co-founder: MetaMask IP collection backlash is blown out of proportion

The co-founder of endpoint provider Infura, Michael Wuehler, said the fuss about MetaMask collecting IPs is “vastly blown out of proportion.” Agree.. it’s also incredible for millions to install MM and instantly witness and participate in web3. Our knowledge of IP address data and somehow exploiting that is vastly blown out of proportion. Simple solution, … Read more

Coinbase will shut down staking service if regulators mandate censoring transactions

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong said on August 17 that the firm would shut down its staking services if regulators wanted it to censor transactions as a validator. It’s a hypothetical we hopefully won’t actually face. But if we did we’d go with B i think. Got to focus on the bigger picture. There may be … Read more

Circle ‘blacklists’ all Tornado Cash ETH addresses effectively freezing USDC

Circle’s USDC has “blacklisted” all Ethereum addresses owned by Tornado Cash listed in the US Treasury Department’s sanction against the protocol. A Twitter bot named USDC Blacklist, which scrapes the blockchain for USDC blocklists, highlighted the issue as it tweeted multiple times through Monday after the sanction was issued. The USDC “Blacklist Policy” states that … Read more

Vitalik suggests private NFTs using ‘stealth addresses’ to hide the owner’s identity

Ethereum Founder Vitalik Buterin suggests the idea of private NFTs whereby the owner would not be known through blockchain data. The concept was added to an Ethereum Research post focused on adding an “ERC721 Extension for zk-SNARKs.” Idea: stealth addresses for ERC721s. A low-tech approach to add a significant amount of privacy to the NFT … Read more

What can we learn from studying hacks? Revealing insights on privacy and cryptocurrency movements after the DAO 2016 hack

The term cryptocurrency has almost become synonymous with hacking. It seems as though every week there are eye-wateringly large hacks on exchanges, individual user’s wallets, smart contracts, and the public blockchains on which they sit. In many cases the vectors of attack are obvious in retrospect: code was untested, internal processes to prevent phishing were … Read more

This sign-in feature will allow web-access using Ethereum account, to ensure privacy

Security and data privacy play a crucial role in current times. Decentralized or Centralized, both spaces equally require these attributes, mainly to curb malicious activities within its spectrum. Decentralized identity software firm Spruce aims to introduce its vision to make data and privacy decentralized. This proposal received a lot of traction within the community. Moreover, … Read more

Brave x Origin to Launch Exclusive TABONG NFT Drop

Nick Poulden Jun 2 · 3 min read I am excited to announce the launch of an exclusive open edition NFT drop entitled TABONG. This is a collaboration between Brave and Origin to commemorate our successful and longstanding partnership. The partnership started with Origin powering Brave’s Swag Store. It evolved with the first sale of … Read more