[messaging] Do Blockchains solve Zooko's triangle? (was: Another Take At Public Key Distribution)

Jonathan Rudenberg jonathan at titanous.com
Mon Aug 3 09:19:24 PDT 2015

> On Jul 23, 2015, at 9:22 PM, Tao Effect <contact at taoeffect.com> wrote:
> So, the only real option left is for a persistent, 24/7 global MITM. At that point you are no longer dealing with the Internet anymore. You might as well smash Alice’s computer with a brick and declare a successful “attack” on Namecoin.

This is already known to exist, it is called QUANTUM INSERT[0]. Also, BGP and DNS attacks can be used to accomplish the same thing. Let alone the cheaper option of just hacking Alice’s WiFi. Throwing out MITM attacks as not a viable threat is unreasonable at this point.


[0] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tailored_Access_Operations#QUANTUM_attacks

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