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Author Topic: [CONSPIRACY] Bitcoin was invented to brute-force Hash Algorithms.  (Read 672 times)
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August 28, 2015, 04:41:02 PM
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Ok guys, let's joke about this for a second.

* The whole Bitcoin network will fail if a collision is found (because a needed hash algorithm will be broken).
* As the difficulty increases, there's more probability of collision, not only because of the increase of hashpower, but also because of the collision spectrum is smaller.
* Now imagine in far future that the target is for the first time < 64219. So the hash searched has the shape 0000000000000000000000000000000000FFFF, the probability of collision is ultra-high.
* Finally a collision is found and Bitcoin destroyed SHA256.

If you want to brute force SHA256, what's better than a monetary network with profit for every try?


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August 28, 2015, 06:00:59 PM
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I thought this at first too, but I don't think there's much to gain after breaking just one hashing algorithm.
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August 28, 2015, 10:00:33 PM
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* Now imagine in far future that the target is for the first time < 64219. So the hash searched has the shape 0000000000000000000000000000000000FFFF, the probability of collision is ultra-high.

I don't really like the sun image, because it is often used where a known 2^128 attack exists.  But in this case it is appropriate.  There is a big chance that we don't get there.

If we get that far, bitcoin has another problem.   I think block hashes must all be different so if the target stays at 64219 then bitcoin will run out of valid block hashes after some time.  Hmm, in that case fewer blocks will be found the difficulty will increase again, so maybe it repairs itself... but the difficulty adjustment will be quite bad in that scenario.

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