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July 26, 2013, 07:52:19 PM
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A few days ago I received 0.001 BTC to the wallet on my Android phone.  The odd thing is, that wallet has not been used, since being set up, apart from a single 1 BTC transaction from one of my other wallets.  No addresses from the Android wallet have ever been advertised.

Why would someone do this?  Is this common?  To my knowledge it's never happened to me on my main wallets...

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July 26, 2013, 08:13:58 PM
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Have you looked on the blockchain to see "where" it has come from?

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July 26, 2013, 08:24:43 PM
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Have you looked on the blockchain to see "where" it has come from?

This is the mystery transaction that pays 0.001 BTC to 1A6tsBCowg98pTCfjdxkQj7L2kka9JmoQT

https://blockchain.info/tx/6e06ffd314ce06a371fdedbe7aa7dbb27c3bab2b05f91a88b3f19a80adbbb26d

The thing that puzzles me is that the only way someone could have got that address is by trawling the blockchain for the original transaction that funded that address.  Why would anyone do that?
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July 26, 2013, 08:36:12 PM
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This is a mystery.

Many people have reported receiving a random transaction of 0.001 BTC. Who is sending 0.001 to random addresses and why is anyone's guess at this point.

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July 26, 2013, 08:38:40 PM
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Maybe somebody else created a keypair for that address? I know it is very unlikely, but it could happen. So I would spend any money in that address and not use it anymore. Just in case.

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July 26, 2013, 08:43:17 PM
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The address that paid me has made a lot of 0.001 BTC transactions.

Is it known whether the coins are tainted (are there any public ways to check?)

I did wonder whether someone with tainted coins (whether a criminal or just someone who innocently received them) is deliberately spreading taint around in an attempt to make the notion of tainted coins unworkable.

The address has also made a quite a few SatoshiDice transactions - can't quite see the connection except that tainting SD's coins is quite a good way of spreading taint very widely.

Thoughts?

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July 26, 2013, 08:45:27 PM
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July 26, 2013, 08:46:14 PM
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I think more likely it is just some early adopter having fun by throwing millibits at random addresses. Sort of like a bitcoin faucet, maybe you could call it a bitcoin sprinkler?

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July 26, 2013, 08:51:49 PM
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Maybe somebody else created a keypair for that address? I know it is very unlikely, but it could happen. So I would spend any money in that address and not use it anymore. Just in case.

To all intents and purposes it couldn't happen, if all software is functioning correctly, any more than all the atoms in someone's underwear could just simultaneously decide to move three feet to the left.  Quantum mechanically you could argue that it's possible but unlikely, but that's just sophism (or more accurately fine comedic writing).

But, of course, software can have bugs.  Could there be a flaw in the random number generation which makes a collision plausible?  Sure, there could be.

Still, I don't believe it, given the evidence in the blockchain.
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July 26, 2013, 09:07:59 PM
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Maybe somebody else created a keypair for that address? I know it is very unlikely, but it could happen. So I would spend any money in that address and not use it anymore. Just in case.

To all intents and purposes it couldn't happen, if all software is functioning correctly, any more than all the atoms in someone's underwear could just simultaneously decide to move three feet to the left.  Quantum mechanically you could argue that it's possible but unlikely, but that's just sophism (or more accurately fine comedic writing).

But, of course, software can have bugs.  Could there be a flaw in the random number generation which makes a collision plausible?  Sure, there could be.

Still, I don't believe it, given the evidence in the blockchain.
Still, if OP has not divulged his address, how could the anonymous sender know his address? Duh, the blockchain is a public ledger, the question is why him specifically, and not somebody else?

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July 26, 2013, 09:15:36 PM
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Maybe somebody else created a keypair for that address? I know it is very unlikely, but it could happen. So I would spend any money in that address and not use it anymore. Just in case.

To all intents and purposes it couldn't happen, if all software is functioning correctly, any more than all the atoms in someone's underwear could just simultaneously decide to move three feet to the left.  Quantum mechanically you could argue that it's possible but unlikely, but that's just sophism (or more accurately fine comedic writing).

But, of course, software can have bugs.  Could there be a flaw in the random number generation which makes a collision plausible?  Sure, there could be.

Still, I don't believe it, given the evidence in the blockchain.
Still, if OP has not divulged his address, how could the anonymous sender know his address? Duh, the blockchain is a public ledger, the question is why him specifically, and not somebody else?

It isn't him specifically, it is him and a bunch of somebody elses.

If it is ongoing maybe it would be worth it to figure out the mechanism used for deciding and snag some cool milibits.

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July 26, 2013, 09:26:56 PM
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Still, if OP has not divulged his address, how could the anonymous sender know his address? Duh, the blockchain is a public ledger, the question is why him specifically, and not somebody else?

It isn't him specifically, it is him and a bunch of somebody elses.

If it is ongoing maybe it would be worth it to figure out the mechanism used for deciding and snag some cool milibits.

Right.  It's lots of people - and it appears we have no idea who or why.

In my case, I know with reasonable certainyy that there is only one place where that address had ever been published before, and that was on the blockchain at transaction 931a219896260b003c322d3a03df86cb663b2415398e555ee5f36c0184658b29

Of course, now that I've published the address in this post, I fully expect to be spammed with huge numbers of free coins Smiley

(Or maybe not)

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July 26, 2013, 10:14:20 PM
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This is a mystery.

Many people have reported receiving a random transaction of 0.001 BTC. Who is sending 0.001 to random addresses and why is anyone's guess at this point.

i guess its satoshi who dont need his money anymore because he is a japanse ninja now.

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July 27, 2013, 02:20:28 AM
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I was also one of the recipients of this mystery 0.001 BTC. It was sent to a p2pool mining address. Prior to this the wallet only contained "Mined" transactions. Now there is a dirty little mBTC sitting amongst my pristine unused coins  Angry.

P.S: Actually, I just realized that the wallet had already been "tainted" by a donation from Gavin to p2pool users made some time back, so I don't feel so bad.
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July 27, 2013, 03:48:34 PM
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Hi All,

So my 5 x ASiCMiNER Block Erupter USB Sticks Arrived and I am incredibly bored with them already. So I thought Hey! Why don't I mine for some other people just gettin into bitcoins that could really use the starting coins.

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I'm offering to mine 0.001 Bitcoin on EclipseMC just post your Bitcoin Address I will be paying out random 1 BTM Payouts throughout the year

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*UPDATE* Well I officially derped the payouts and I greatly apologize as I forgot about the dust and the minimum payout of 5430 Satoshis so because of this I'm going to be offering 1 BTM each Randomly throughout the year.

1. sudorfrm (48th Post Random.org Result of 48) Bitcoin Address: 13caLEcXKRkYAt9bf2SMSJ5jRiiyCNwH4V TXiD 9d6850ed2a65c50844a2b7dbaa240ed66f81369b219a05ab436f9525b4615539
2. albon (10th Post Random.org Result of 10) Bitcoin Address: 1E7XiGWa3YjFJasoZ1omJZCMv8TdPQLdqv TXiD: bdb909ce4c8728a1cb9aee3897d4526ac514ebda939dc06b96de9955066eaa4a
3. steveds (28th Post Random.org Result of 28) Bitcoin Address: 1MPktEKGB5kzYspdVv2qQJPcYchjXqHRnT TXiD: 2a74eda9c3af96e9308d780d08d18f2e2d15f3e3c66f584a607eda5151dcc914
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6. JuenoMT (4th Post Random.org Result of 4) Bitcoin Address: 189UkUcUtan6kMmbk4bn3UaCZNgWS9Lwav TXiD: d34e559730c800e8f6169105c908cde99695cb3f6dedb8263619646373e72336
7. Benson Samuel (44th Post Random.org Result of 44) Bitcoin Address: 1DE9zAE9iEetbojfbuGy6JvTfULG6x9pzP TXiD: ccc2392d97479004c9c00079662374ac3499b2f59e3de9873b6e462cd45352fe
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10. Chode (3rd Post Random.org Result of 3) Bitcoin Address: 13GebGv284cQN7xRs7S6husHX5cczijAA2 TXiD: 1f7899ed81e59574290af4004d4d693b36e998683703ff34b31b2eb9e8840596
11. Helmholtz (86th Post Random.org Result of 86) Bitcoin Address: 1MWNTEwygKLxvSzreA5NytgqXKdicNyJQs TXiD: 1f516ede86afd1ce49a26b4fa88fc0a6ee20d4f07ed5492df90a539ff38ffd2e
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14. jesse11 (155th Post Random.org Result of 155) Bitcoin Address: 1Ns9v93ngjYJavLc6VMQj7HKPCv5BCPSRE TXiD: 8d2751b848497a96646034b213d31c8bbdccfd0d73523633e691b5f60335e194

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July 28, 2013, 04:44:00 AM
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Maybe somebody else created a keypair for that address? I know it is very unlikely, but it could happen. So I would spend any money in that address and not use it anymore. Just in case.

To all intents and purposes it couldn't happen, if all software is functioning correctly, any more than all the atoms in someone's underwear could just simultaneously decide to move three feet to the left.  Quantum mechanically you could argue that it's possible but unlikely, but that's just sophism (or more accurately fine comedic writing).


Entirely possible with a nice hot cup of tea, so i hear...

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July 28, 2013, 12:54:17 PM
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Hi All,

So my 5 x ASiCMiNER Block Erupter USB Sticks Arrived and I am incredibly bored with them already. So I thought Hey! Why don't I mine for some other people just gettin into bitcoins that could really use the starting coins.

So...

I'm offering to mine 0.001 Bitcoin on EclipseMC just post your Bitcoin Address I will be paying out random 1 BTM Payouts throughout the year

Cheers,

CrazyRabbi

*UPDATE* Well I officially derped the payouts and I greatly apologize as I forgot about the dust and the minimum payout of 5430 Satoshis so because of this I'm going to be offering 1 BTM each Randomly throughout the year.

1. sudorfrm (48th Post Random.org Result of 48) Bitcoin Address: 13caLEcXKRkYAt9bf2SMSJ5jRiiyCNwH4V TXiD 9d6850ed2a65c50844a2b7dbaa240ed66f81369b219a05ab436f9525b4615539
2. albon (10th Post Random.org Result of 10) Bitcoin Address: 1E7XiGWa3YjFJasoZ1omJZCMv8TdPQLdqv TXiD: bdb909ce4c8728a1cb9aee3897d4526ac514ebda939dc06b96de9955066eaa4a
3. steveds (28th Post Random.org Result of 28) Bitcoin Address: 1MPktEKGB5kzYspdVv2qQJPcYchjXqHRnT TXiD: 2a74eda9c3af96e9308d780d08d18f2e2d15f3e3c66f584a607eda5151dcc914
4. 2048-bit (35th Post Random.org Result of 35) Bitcoin Address: 17i4zPGj3yR94T3XrT1vtgexbLoVvFEwN2 TXiD: 6b70644f4aef0153bf9f339c8489aeba658e38c26d331f1932a53b631c6042b2
5. lovecoins (41st Post Random.org Result of 41) Bitcoin Address: 1LkGkETvi9xUMrQvtBV9H7dMhbeKpVqzvP TXiD: de280d39bb72ef74e969ce01e38f68dbdb66efea5f8d463cbf34fa8c2f276c0d
6. JuenoMT (4th Post Random.org Result of 4) Bitcoin Address: 189UkUcUtan6kMmbk4bn3UaCZNgWS9Lwav TXiD: d34e559730c800e8f6169105c908cde99695cb3f6dedb8263619646373e72336
7. Benson Samuel (44th Post Random.org Result of 44) Bitcoin Address: 1DE9zAE9iEetbojfbuGy6JvTfULG6x9pzP TXiD: ccc2392d97479004c9c00079662374ac3499b2f59e3de9873b6e462cd45352fe
8. karlzt (95th Post Random.org Result of 95) Bitcoin Address: 1LYQf3Ys4YWDWMxrivyQCEGuNoKWgu7yFv TXiD: 1e166422b5813fde768277862fde5be84c00e0c8aa9312c474d9583bfd276dda
9. bitcoinfanboy (25th Post Random.org Result of 25) Bitcoin Address: 12fJywCo5CeK9NtD6Rpr4SAdPM9EVbmyeR TXiD: 91f425f811b3130c5d3a38e2dbe0cdd1a52fb04223149931c00645af901e73f9
10. Chode (3rd Post Random.org Result of 3) Bitcoin Address: 13GebGv284cQN7xRs7S6husHX5cczijAA2 TXiD: 1f7899ed81e59574290af4004d4d693b36e998683703ff34b31b2eb9e8840596
11. Helmholtz (86th Post Random.org Result of 86) Bitcoin Address: 1MWNTEwygKLxvSzreA5NytgqXKdicNyJQs TXiD: 1f516ede86afd1ce49a26b4fa88fc0a6ee20d4f07ed5492df90a539ff38ffd2e
12. Blood Ninja (105th Post Random.org Result of 105) Bitcoin Address: 1PRA2ijbv31mHxGFurWUmduPkztTHCWsLo TXiD: 14d6456c24f8b88db59d47b7588fb94355d1543cf268115e540a59f84e6d7ff7
13. HeroC (29th Post Random.org Result of 29) Bitcoin Address: 1HeroCCotNLtJzpEiWGrRkaFSFDBZkF1jG TXiD: 3d9457395f898716768faf0337fd8d525d2d52a15012fa7d018d4853e9e36222
14. jesse11 (155th Post Random.org Result of 155) Bitcoin Address: 1Ns9v93ngjYJavLc6VMQj7HKPCv5BCPSRE TXiD: 8d2751b848497a96646034b213d31c8bbdccfd0d73523633e691b5f60335e194

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This looks like you had to post the address to a forum post to (possibly) receive a millibit.

What we're talking here is millibit transfers to unpublished addresses.

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July 28, 2013, 06:51:40 PM
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Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

Actually I think it is designed to make people doubt the security of bitcoin. At least one person in this thread has suggested an address collision so you know it is having an effect.

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September 02, 2013, 11:19:00 AM
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And it continues...
Just got one into a change address of my bitcoin-qt client.
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September 02, 2013, 06:17:34 PM
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Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

Actually I think it is designed to make people doubt the security of bitcoin. At least one person in this thread has suggested an address collision so you know it is having an effect.

Seems plausible... the actual numbers are so vast they're counterintuitive to most people.

Then again, it could be the same person who suggested the address collision, no?

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