[Freedombox-discuss] BitMessage

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Mon Apr 1 12:40:00 UTC 2013

On Mon, Apr 01, 2013 at 09:22:16AM +0100, Philip Hands wrote:
> Hi,
> I note that there's been no mention of BitMessage, so I thought I'd
> mention it:
>   https://bitmessage.org/
>   https://bitmessage.org/wiki/FAQ
> it's doing something a bit like email using something similar to the
> bitcoin P2P network for passing encrypted messages around in a way that
> ensures that it's not possible to see who's talking to who.  It encrypts
> the whole message, so not leaking via the headers.

The question is how scalable that thing is.
> Then again, it's early days, it needs a security audit and seems to have
> had significant security issues in earlier versions, so no clue when it
> might be ready for real use, and its not packaged for Debian, so nothing
> for Freedombox right now ... but probably worth keeping an eye on.
> On the down side, addresses are long base58 strings, and you'll have to
> change addresses as the network grows, but I imagine that people will
> come up with some way of mapping memorable names to those addresses at
> some point.

On another downside is that unthrottled it will tend to saturate
scarce upstream on your domestic broadband.

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