Lightning Network Explorer released

ACINQ Team recently released Explorer for a Lightning Network
11 December 2017   605

ACINQ, the developers of Lightning Network just released the Lightning Network Browser.

The explorer displays all known nodes and channels, of which the Lightning Network (LN) is composed. Due to the fact that the developers managed to achieve compatibility of various LN implementations, Explorer users can see the nodes C-lightning, Eclair and lnd.

Lightning Network Browser
Lightning Network Browser

By default, all nodes with a public IP address and activated geolocation are displayed on the world map. When you select a separate node, the application highlights all associated channels, and also shows the URI in text and QR code. Users of Android-purse Eclair can simply scan the latter and automatically open the channel with the node.

While the explorer works exclusively in the test version of the bitcoin network. Developers also note that transactions in the Lightning Network are not publicly displayed: they are encrypted and forwarded between the sender and the receiver using intermediate nodes through a routing protocol similar to Tor.

In other words, Lightning transactions offer significant privacy improvements over regular on-blockchain transactions.


It is also worth reminding that on 17.11.2017 first atomic BTC to LTC swap was performed in the Lightning Network.

First real-life cryptocurrency robbery reported in Taiwan

Four men stole 5 million Taiwanese dollar worth of Bitcoin, the police has already arrested the suspects
22 February 2018   57

Bitcoin has attracted lots of unwanted attention from hackers and scammers alike. Recently not a week passes without news of an exchange or user being hacked or some company's computers being hijacked to mine cryptocurrency. And now Taiwanese news outlets report first real-life robbery of Bitcoin in their country.

The robbery took place in Taichung, Taiwan's central city. The police reports three men being involved in the robbery itself and one as a planner. Criminals persuaded the victim to meet with them face-to-face under the guise of being interested in buying Bitcoin from him. After the victim showed the robbers the proof of his bitcoins on his phone, the men attacked him and his friend and transferred 18 bitcoins worth 5 million Taiwanese dollar via the phone wallet.

The suspects then forced the unfortunate seller to drink strong local liquor to make everything look like a drunken fight had taken place. The police arrived at the scene after receiving the reports of a fight and found two victims. Two of the offenders had fled, but the third has been arrested at the scene of the crime. He later provided investigation with information about his accomplices. They were arrested soon after.

The police later apprehended the man believed to be the mastermind behind the plan. All this was released in the yesterday's report by the Taiwanese law enforcement and the case is already viewed as “the first domestic case of bitcoin robbery”. The report doesn't mention if the crypto was returned to the rightful owner.

Similar cases has been rumored to happen in the US, but no records are released as of yet. So the unofficial governmental advice is to be more cautious of the buyers requesting face to face meetings in the light of this event.