27 Aug '13, 4pm

#Bitcoin may not be so anonymous after all | by @JoshuaBrustein

#Bitcoin may not be so anonymous after all | by @JoshuaBrustein

That may be easier than it seems. Academics have been working on techniques to track Bitcoin transactions and—like many ostensibly private activities on the Internet—the transfers are vulnerable to tricks. While Bitcoin is regularly described as anonymous, it is more accurate to describe it as pseudonymous. Every transaction is stored in a public record called a block chain, with information on the accounts involved and the number of Bitcoins exchanged. This is a necessary part of the structure; analyzing these transactions is how the system makes sure that people aren’t using the the same coins over and over. While Bitcoin is not as transparent to regulators as credit-card transactions, it is much more so than cash. “Policymakers would never seriously consider banning cash, ” (PDF) argues Jerry Brito, director of the technology research program at Mercatus Center at Georg...

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