Hard Fork: With Activation of RingCT and Bulletproofs, this company joins the ‘Big Guns’ Among Privacy Coins

Update Enables Completely Untraceable & Unlinkable Cryptocurrency Transactions at Low Cost and Precedes Upcoming Particl Open Marketplace Mainnet Launch
08 August 2019   1100

New York, USA, July, 22, 2019 — On the day of its second anniversary (July 17), Particl, the privacy-focused cryptocurrency platform and decentralized marketplace, has successfully hard forked. With the activation of RingCT and Bulletproofs, Particl’s already rigorous privacy protocol has been strengthened even further, giving users the ability to send completely untraceable currency transactions at a fairly low cost.

Originally made popular by the open-source cryptocurrency Monero, the RingCT privacy protocol fully anonymizes the transacting amounts and participants of any transaction made using the protocol and makes financial data mining ineffective. RingCT provides very strong privacy and plausible deniability that is supported by cryptography.

Unlike Monero and other RingCT-based cryptocurrencies, however, Particl’s implementation is compatible with the Bitcoin codebase, which is much more flexible and programmable than the more rigid Cryptonote codebase. As a result, Particl is enabling the RingCT protocol to reach its full potential, not only making currency transactions untraceable, but also bringing RingCT's strong privacy capabilities to decentralized applications and atomic swaps, as well as the Lightning Network, which is now running on Particl’s testnet.

The other item making its way onto Particl's mainnet, Bulletproofs, is a new generation of range proofs that makes transactions less costly to send. Also referred to as non-interactive zero-knowledge short proofs, Bulletproofs offer a groundbreaking improvement over regular range proofs, reducing their size by approximately 70%. This in turn reduces transaction fees and the space they take on the blockchain by the same ratio.

Paul Schmitzer, the Head of Marketing for Particl, said: “This release sets the stage for our upcoming mainnet release of the Particl Open Marketplace. We really look forward to bringing this completely decentralized and near-zero cost marketplace to the world so that anyone can buy and sell products and services for cryptocurrencies while keeping their shopping habits, financial data, and sales data private.”

 

About Particl

Particl is a trustless and privacy-focused ecosystem based on P2P/blockchain technologies. It is composed of three main components: a privacy coin capable of untraceable/unlinkable transactions, a forthcoming private, decentralized online marketplace where anyone can buy and sell goods and services for cryptocurrencies without leaving a trace, and a platform on which various applications can be integrated and interacted with. Particl, incorporated in July, 2017 in Zug, is funded by The Particl Foundation, a non-profit Swiss organization serving the Particl ecosystem.

 

Website: https://particl.io/

About Particl: https://particl.wiki/platform

Telegram: https://t.me/particlproject

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/particl/about/

GitHub: https://github.com/particl/

 

French Gendarmerie to Use Tezos Blockhain

Gendarmerie Cybercrime Division (C3N) is "validating judicial expenses" with Tezos blockchain
21 November 2019   71

The French Gendarmerie Cybercrime Division (C3N) uses the Tezos blockchain. The agency launched its first smart contract in September.

According to a press release, C3N uses blockchain to control the costs incurred during investigations.

Debuting on the Tezos network, this is one of the first examples of a government entity using a smart contract for operational purposes. The new program allows C3N to acquire cryptocurrency from Europol-allocated funds in order to cover operational costs.
 

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The new program also allows C3N to purchase cryptocurrency with funds allocated by Europol to cover operating expenses.

The statement noted that the smart contract was specifically designed so that C3N confirms costs without the risk of disclosing operational activities and problems for ongoing investigations.