Privacy Startup Nym Will Pay You in Bitcoin to Run Its Mixnet

Privacy Startup Nym Will Pay You in Bitcoin to Run Its Mixnet

Harry Halpin, Nym Technologies (Christine Kim/CoinDesk)

Nym now allows transactions and has an for people running its . It is also enabling plugins that will allow users to plug in wallets and applications to run their traffic through its mixnet. 

is a start-up software project working to obscure metadata tracking at a network level via the mixnet it enables. The mixnet itself is hosted by a decentralized network of volunteers.

On a normal internet network, most traffic can be tracked. Browsers like Tor offer a degree of protection against network surveillance by running traffic through a number of relays to obscure a user’s location and usage. Such networks are still susceptible to metadata observation, however, meaning highly capable adversaries like the National Security Agency in the U.S. are able to see the timing of data packages being sent across a network to get an idea of what’s going on, even if they can’t see the actual contents of the packages. 

It’s like when the NSA was tracking alleged terrorists’ phone calls in the U.S. While they weren’t eavesdropping on the calls themselves, they were looking at those involved in the calls as well as the duration of the calls and other details. 

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