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May 20, 2012, 08:31:40 PM
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Could this be used to attack Bitcoin?

Anti-Piracy Outfits Launch Attack on BitTorrent Protocol
http://torrentfreak.com/anti-piracy-outfits-launch-attack-on-bittorrent-protocol-120519/

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May 20, 2012, 08:36:44 PM
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Could this be used to attack Bitcoin?

Anti-Piracy Outfits Launch Attack on BitTorrent Protocol
http://torrentfreak.com/anti-piracy-outfits-launch-attack-on-bittorrent-protocol-120519/

Another Article
Microsoft Funded Startup Aims to Kill BitTorrent Traffic
http://torrentfreak.com/microsoft-funded-startup-aims-to-kill-bittorrent-traffic-120513/

Regardless of if they work or not, these attacks are illegal in many countries.  They are certainly illegal in the US, even when going after illegal targets. 

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May 21, 2012, 12:25:16 AM
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Could this be used to attack Bitcoin?
No. Bitcoin connections are TCP, so you can't forge the IP address.

I've also implemented denial-of-service checks that automatically ban misbehaving peers to make network disruption attacks more difficult. Trying to anticipate future DoS attacks is hidden engineering work that you will never notice if we get it right.

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May 21, 2012, 12:36:21 AM
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Regardless of if they work or not, these attacks are illegal in many countries.  They are certainly illegal in the US, even when going after illegal targets. 
This hasn't stopped them yet.

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May 21, 2012, 01:46:18 AM
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Regardless of if they work or not, these attacks are illegal in many countries.  They are certainly illegal in the US, even when going after illegal targets. 
This hasn't stopped them yet.
Correct, the people in those articles have purposefully stationed the programs in countries where it is legal. However, like Gavin said, there is protection within Bitcoin.

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May 21, 2012, 01:51:42 AM
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Could this be used to attack Bitcoin?
No. Bitcoin connections are TCP, so you can't forge the IP address.

I've also implemented denial-of-service checks that automatically ban misbehaving peers to make network disruption attacks more difficult. Trying to anticipate future DoS attacks is hidden engineering work that you will never notice if we get it right.
I haven't checked, but are there other IRC's to bootstrap on if the main one goes offline?

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May 21, 2012, 02:24:23 AM
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Regardless of if they work or not, these attacks are illegal in many countries.  They are certainly illegal in the US, even when going after illegal targets. 
This hasn't stopped them yet.
Correct, the people in those articles have purposefully stationed the programs in countries where it is legal. However, like Gavin said, there is protection within Bitcoin.
If it was found that they are being paid by US sources even indirectly they still could be in trouble. N

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May 21, 2012, 02:31:54 AM
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Regardless of if they work or not, these attacks are illegal in many countries.  They are certainly illegal in the US, even when going after illegal targets. 
This hasn't stopped them yet.
Correct, the people in those articles have purposefully stationed the programs in countries where it is legal. However, like Gavin said, there is protection within Bitcoin.
If it was found that they are being paid by US sources even indirectly they still could be in trouble. N

Like Microsoft for example? Ouch.

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May 21, 2012, 02:50:57 PM
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I haven't checked, but are there other IRC's to bootstrap on if the main one goes offline?
IRC bootstrapping isn't even used in recent versions, I believe. All DNSSeed or p2p.

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