Lightning Network Traffic Analysis Raises Questions Over Fees and Privacy

A new research paper provides what is perhaps the most informative series of snapshots simulating Lightning Network traffic over the past year.The paper, titled “A Cryptoeconomic Traffic Analysis of Bitcoin’s Lightning Network,” was written by a trio of Hungarian researchers: Ferenc Béres of the Institute for Computer Science and Control, István A. Seres of Eötvös…

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Close to 14,000 Google Scholar Articles Mentioned Bitcoin in 2019

On January 3, 2020, the Bitcoin network officially turns 11 and the technology has transformed the lives of many. Since blockchain’s inception, scholars and economists have rigorously studied and written thousands of academic papers covering the subject. In 2019, there were more than 13,700 academic papers and Google Scholar articles published that mention the Bitcoin…

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Math Research Suggests Six Confirmations Aren’t Really Needed for Bitcoin Transactions

In a recent research paper, European mathematicians Cyril Grunspan and Ricardo Pérez-Marco demonstrated through calculus and game theory that, thanks to the robust network security and relatively high BTC price, small bitcoin transactions may not need the six confirmations typically required by merchants and exchanges.Published on the computer science and cryptography section of Cornell University’s…

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Was a Lone Whale Really Behind Bitcoin’s 2017 Bull Run? Don’t Bet on It

“Ignorance is the parent of fear.” — Herman Melville, Moby Dick In July 2019, John M. Griffin and Amin Shams, academics from the University of Texas and the University of Ohio, respectively, published the cleverly titled report “Is Bitcoin Really Un-Tethered?”Their “findings” echoed through mainstream and cryptocurrency media alike. The duo boldly claimed that bitcoin’s…

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Bitwise White Paper: Fake Trading Volumes by Exchanges Do Not Impact BTC Prices

American crypto investment manager Bitwise released a paper claiming that fake trading volumes by crypto exchanges do not impact bitcoin’s (BTC) price. Released on May 24, the white paper is an extended version of Bitwise’s March presentation alleging that 95% of volume on unregulated exchanges is fake. Published on the official website of the United…

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US Energy Department Eyes Blockchain to Prevent Power Plant Cyberattacks

The U.S. Department of Energy is exploring blockchain technology as a line of defense against cyberattacks on power plants. The department’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) unit announced Wednesday that phase two of an electric grid security project has been launched in partnership with decentralized cybersecurity startup Taekion, formerly Grid7. The laboratory provided a grant of $1…

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Analysis Shows Lightning Network Suffers From Trust Issues Exacerbated by Rising Fees

Over the last two years, the Lightning Network has been touted as the scaling solution for the Bitcoin Core (BTC) network. However, the solution has been heavily criticized for its lack of security, and on March 28, Bitcoin Unlimited’s chief scientist Peter Rizun wrote an interesting evaluation of the Lightning Network’s “dirty little secret.” Also…

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Survey Shows Consumers and Investors Remain Bullish on the Future of Cryptos

It’s been a long crypto winter, but according to a recent survey, consumers and investors are still positive about the long term value of leading cryptocurrencies. Researchers from the FINRA-registered broker Sharespost emphasize that people have recently become more optimistic about digital assets and plan to increase their holdings. Also read: An In-Depth Look at…

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