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Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:15 am

Antbleed is a backdoor introduced by Bitmain into the firmware of their bitcoin mining hardware Antminer.

The firmware checks-in with a central service randomly every 1 to 11 minutes. Each check-in transmits the Antminer serial number, MAC address and IP address. Bitmain can use this check-in data to cross check against customer sales and delivery records making it personally identifiable. The remote service can then return "false" which will stop the miner from mining.


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You should patch the software and stay away from the Bitmain Mafia Cartel!

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Re: Beware - Bitmain is attacking Bitcoin again via their malicious mining software - Backdoor!

Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:44 am

It's so disappointing to see the amount of FUD coming out.

> Maybe it is even possible to steal your coins, dont install software from Bitmain!

You are such a fucking troll.

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Re: Beware - Bitmain is attacking Bitcoin again via their malicious mining software - Backdoor!

Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:59 am

It's so disappointing to see the amount of FUD coming out.

> Maybe it is even possible to steal your coins, dont install software from Bitmain!

You are such a fucking troll.

It is sad but at this point everything is possible when i comes from Bitmain. I hope we can rid of this malicious company in the future.
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Re: Beware - Bitmain is attacking Bitcoin again via their malicious mining software - Backdoor!

Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:20 am

So the backdoor was apparently in the code to allow people to be able to remotely connect to their miners, ok sounds normal so far.
Is this a common feature in mining equipment software and if so I am sure many people would either already be using it or have disabled it but if this is a feature specific to Bitmain then you would think they would be happy for people to know about it, let's face it you don't add a special feature to keep it a secret do you.

I will follow this article (with your help of updates, wink wink) but i do think that this particular article was a bit far fetched or quickly put together for me, I don't think I have ever read an article with the word "could" printed so many times.
It's so disappointing to see the amount of FUD coming out.

> Maybe it is even possible to steal your coins, dont install software from Bitmain!

You are such a fucking troll.
Yes you are correct that the amount of FUD we are seeing being spread by many sides within the bitcoin community now is disappointing to see but this is not the way to reply to another user.

It would be much better off for the discussion if you told us exactly what you think is FUD in the article.
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Re: Beware - Bitmain is attacking Bitcoin again via their malicious mining software - Backdoor!

Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:31 pm

So the backdoor was apparently in the code to allow people to be able to remotely connect to their miners, ok sounds normal so far.
Is this a common feature in mining equipment software and if so I am sure many people would either already be using it or have disabled it but if this is a feature specific to Bitmain then you would think they would be happy for people to know about it, let's face it you don't add a special feature to keep it a secret do you.

I will follow this article (with your help of updates, wink wink) but i do think that this particular article was a bit far fetched or quickly put together for me, I don't think I have ever read an article with the word "could" printed so many times.
It's so disappointing to see the amount of FUD coming out.

> Maybe it is even possible to steal your coins, dont install software from Bitmain!

You are such a fucking troll.
Yes you are correct that the amount of FUD we are seeing being spread by many sides within the bitcoin community now is disappointing to see but this is not the way to reply to another user.

It would be much better off for the discussion if you told us exactly what you think is FUD in the article.
The FUD being spread is the sort of nonsense from LiteCoinGuy. Example being exactly what I quoted from that user, "Maybe it is even possible to steal your coins, dont install software from Bitmain!". That is fear, uncertainty and doubt right there. There is zero evidence of this being possible. I've been looking through the code and I see nothing that indicates malicious intent from Bitmain. Look at archive.org, they were building a miner management interface on http://www.minerlink.com. But no, this is *all* because "Jihan want to shut down the bitcoin network". Get a grip.

Malicious intent is being demonstrated clearly by Core representatives. Baseless allegations are being thrown around by Core representatives. They are full of FUD, and LiteCoinGuy is straight up lying. Nobody lost coins. There is no code in there that a person could lose coins. LiteCoinGuy is a lying troll.

Consider that any savvy security admin will lock outbound requests to explicit permit rules only. On that basis alone the suggestion that this is a backdoor should only be accepted by those who do not understand.

Repeating once again: LiteCoinGuy is a liar and a troll. Treat with caution.

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Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:34 pm

It is sad but at this point everything is possible when i comes from Bitmain. I hope we can rid of this malicious company in the future.
Stop lying!

Show evidence of one time Bitmain or Jihan have done any of the things they are being accused of plotting to destroy bitcoin. You cannot because there is no evidence of them even conspiring to do so.

It's people like you who cause division and mistrust with these lies and FUD. You should be bloody ashamed of yourself.

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Re: Beware - Bitmain is attacking Bitcoin again via their malicious mining software - Backdoor!

Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:14 pm

So the backdoor was apparently in the code to allow people to be able to remotely connect to their miners, ok sounds normal so far.
Is this a common feature in mining equipment software and if so I am sure many people would either already be using it or have disabled it but if this is a feature specific to Bitmain then you would think they would be happy for people to know about it, let's face it you don't add a special feature to keep it a secret do you.

I will follow this article (with your help of updates, wink wink) but i do think that this particular article was a bit far fetched or quickly put together for me, I don't think I have ever read an article with the word "could" printed so many times.
It's so disappointing to see the amount of FUD coming out.

> Maybe it is even possible to steal your coins, dont install software from Bitmain!

You are such a fucking troll.
Yes you are correct that the amount of FUD we are seeing being spread by many sides within the bitcoin community now is disappointing to see but this is not the way to reply to another user.

It would be much better off for the discussion if you told us exactly what you think is FUD in the article.
The FUD being spread is the sort of nonsense from LiteCoinGuy. Example being exactly what I quoted from that user, "Maybe it is even possible to steal your coins, dont install software from Bitmain!". That is fear, uncertainty and doubt right there. There is zero evidence of this being possible. I've been looking through the code and I see nothing that indicates malicious intent from Bitmain. Look at archive.org, they were building a miner management interface on http://www.minerlink.com. But no, this is *all* because "Jihan want to shut down the bitcoin network". Get a grip.

Malicious intent is being demonstrated clearly by Core representatives. Baseless allegations are being thrown around by Core representatives. They are full of FUD, and LiteCoinGuy is straight up lying. Nobody lost coins. There is no code in there that a person could lose coins. LiteCoinGuy is a lying troll.

Consider that any savvy security admin will lock outbound requests to explicit permit rules only. On that basis alone the suggestion that this is a backdoor should only be accepted by those who do not understand.

Repeating once again: LiteCoinGuy is a liar and a troll. Treat with caution.
I agree that what you quoted was a classic example of FUD - "Maybe it is even possible to steal your coins, dont install software from Bitmain!" since this was not in the article so was not a quote but a statement of LiteCoinGuy's, maybe before attacking next time straight off it would be better to just ask him why he posted that line and see what his response is.

At least try to start off by trying to talk rationally, I am sure LiteCoinGuy is human so could be conned by "fake news" like anyone else so why not at least try to talk to him about what you believe is the right direction for bitcoin to be going in, engage him in conversation. He posts a lot of this material so must have an opinion on the matter.
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Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:30 pm

I agree that what you quoted was a classic example of FUD - "Maybe it is even possible to steal your coins, dont install software from Bitmain!" since this was not in the article so was not a quote but a statement of LiteCoinGuy's, maybe before attacking next time straight off it would be better to just ask him why he posted that line and see what his response is.

At least try to start off by trying to talk rationally, I am sure LiteCoinGuy is human so could be conned by "fake news" like anyone else so why not at least try to talk to him about what you believe is the right direction for bitcoin to be going in, engage him in conversation. He posts a lot of this material so must have an opinion on the matter.
An honest mistake or being duped is understandable, but LiteCoinGuy just spreads lies. There is no point in engaging trolls. LiteCoinGuy consistently posts bullshit FUD. I will highlight that user's lies and deceit for all, at the very least to give notice that the user LiteCoinGuy is an outright liar and should not be trusted.

The very least I would expect to see is the editing of the first comment to strike the baseless and false accusations, with an edit note explaining that the claim was fallacious and s/he apologises for making such a libellous and ignorant (of the facts) claim.
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Encouraging fraud too? What a complete sack of shit LiteCoinGuy is. And you, BitcoinXio bitkilo, should take a step back and have a serious think about exactly what you are supporting here. Credit card fraud is a criminal activity and LiteCoinGuy is directly encouraging the execution of crime.

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Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:44 pm

https://imgur.com/a/douOh

Look closely: Miner Management. Manage your miners by minerlink.com anywhere, anytime.

Is it more likely that auth.minerlink.com was part of this platform being built by Bitmain to help their customers, or is it more likely there is a conspiracy to shut down targeted miners because of differences of opinion?

These stupid and pathetic accusations need to stop.

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Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:04 pm

I agree that what you quoted was a classic example of FUD - "Maybe it is even possible to steal your coins, dont install software from Bitmain!" since this was not in the article so was not a quote but a statement of LiteCoinGuy's, maybe before attacking next time straight off it would be better to just ask him why he posted that line and see what his response is.

At least try to start off by trying to talk rationally, I am sure LiteCoinGuy is human so could be conned by "fake news" like anyone else so why not at least try to talk to him about what you believe is the right direction for bitcoin to be going in, engage him in conversation. He posts a lot of this material so must have an opinion on the matter.
An honest mistake or being duped is understandable, but LiteCoinGuy just spreads lies. There is no point in engaging trolls. LiteCoinGuy consistently posts bullshit FUD. I will highlight that user's lies and deceit for all, at the very least to give notice that the user LiteCoinGuy is an outright liar and should not be trusted.

The very least I would expect to see is the editing of the first comment to strike the baseless and false accusations, with an edit note explaining that the claim was fallacious and s/he apologises for making such a libellous and ignorant (of the facts) claim.
Those who bought using credit card: file a chargeback with a reason: faulty software / hardware or some other.
Encouraging fraud too? What a complete sack of shit LiteCoinGuy is. And you, BitcoinXio bitkilo, should take a step back and have a serious think about exactly what you are supporting here. Credit card fraud is a criminal activity and LiteCoinGuy is directly encouraging the execution of crime.

Edit: Corrected username.
Again you are jumping to attack people, if you had of just asked me if i support that particular line of his post then i would have told you no i do not support anything like that, i must admit that i kind of missed it the first time but now that you have pointed it out i can see it clearer.
I am not encouraging anyone commit credit card fraud and would defiantly not support anyone to do so. If anyone wants to try and file these claims with their credit card company then that is their decision, i am sure the credit company would do there own investigation into if the chargeback was a valid claim.
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Re: Beware - Bitmain is attacking Bitcoin again via their malicious mining software - Backdoor!

Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:32 pm

It is sad but at this point everything is possible when i comes from Bitmain. I hope we can rid of this malicious company in the future.
No, stealing coins based on the open source code that anyone can verify what it actually does is not the case; that is just spreading massive FUD.

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Thu Apr 27, 2017 4:23 pm

I'm really glad LiteCoinGuy is here to start so many threads, but this one is really shocking. There is no evidence of malicious intent on the part of Bitmain with any of this. It all seems like an intentional tempest in a teacup that was orchestrated by Core supporters. I'm shocked and saddened that LiteCoinGuy fell for it hook, line, and sinker.
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Re: Beware - Bitmain is attacking Bitcoin again via their malicious mining software - Backdoor!

Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:06 am

I'm really glad LiteCoinGuy is here to start so many threads, but this one is really shocking. There is no evidence of malicious intent on the part of Bitmain with any of this. It all seems like an intentional tempest in a teacup that was orchestrated by Core supporters. I'm shocked and saddened that LiteCoinGuy fell for it hook, line, and sinker.
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Re: Beware - Bitmain is attacking Bitcoin again via their malicious mining software - Backdoor!

Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:16 pm

I'm really glad LiteCoinGuy is here to start so many threads, but this one is really shocking. There is no evidence of malicious intent on the part of Bitmain with any of this. It all seems like an intentional tempest in a teacup that was orchestrated by Core supporters. I'm shocked and saddened that LiteCoinGuy fell for it hook, line, and sinker.
And continues to lie.

I fully support what the team here does, but LCG has demonstrated a complette lack of impartiality and outright trolled for the black hats in the Blockstream/Core camp. I will not allow such bullshit lies and accusations of criminal activity to go unanswered and leave the unsuspecting to think these lies have any basis in truth.

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Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:23 pm

Please make a charge back in case you bought some of these malicious miners with a credit card.
Encouraging people to commit credit card fraud? LiteCoinGuy is a lying scumbag.

PSA: Do not commit credit card fraud, it is illegal.

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Re: Beware - Bitmain is attacking Bitcoin again via their malicious mining software - Backdoor!

Tue May 02, 2017 5:06 pm

The FTC recommends utilizing a charge back if a company installs malware, viruses or backdoors. So pretty sure this is not "encouraging fraud".

Charging back antminer purchases is probably completely legal. Returning them should be at the sellers expense, and opportunity costs should be deducted as well. Given how mining works and hashrate increaes: if the seller is willing to pay you 50% of the cost of an unusable device to get it back... that would be a fair settlement:

Chargebacks are your weapon against fraud:
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0 ... card-fraud

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Tue May 02, 2017 5:36 pm

The FTC recommends utilizing a charge back if a company installs malware, viruses or backdoors. So pretty sure this is not "encouraging fraud".
There was no installation of "malware, viruses or backdoors". Try a chargeback if you feel like gambling with the courts, but I will caution anyone even thinking about doing this (certainly no Bitmain customer would, simply because they have the undisputed best hardware and have not done anything to hurt their customers) to sleep on it as such an action would constitute the crime of fraud in many jurisdictions.

If you have a concern with a product from any vendor, your first port of call should be their customer support department. Unless you attempt to resolve an issue in a recognised manner and instead go for the nuclear option, you may very well open yourself to a court case and criminal record.

It's just not worth the hassle. Speak to the vendor if you have an issue with a product you have purchased that you are not satisfied with.

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Re: Beware - Bitmain is attacking Bitcoin again via their malicious mining software - Backdoor!

Tue May 02, 2017 5:54 pm

The FTC recommends utilizing a charge back if a company installs malware, viruses or backdoors. So pretty sure this is not "encouraging fraud".

Charging back antminer purchases is probably completely legal. Returning them should be at the sellers expense, and opportunity costs should be deducted as well. Given how mining works and hashrate increaes: if the seller is willing to pay you 50% of the cost of an unusable device to get it back... that would be a fair settlement:

Chargebacks are your weapon against fraud:
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Definition of spyware here:
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When a vendor installs malware or a virsu, a chargeback is warranted:
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/getti ... pport-scam
You're conflating a backdoor with malware and viruses. The FTC says you can do a chargeback for malware but NOT for backdoors. Backdoors are actually pretty common, especially for admins/technicians to be able to get in. It is a security risk and this is why it's a big deal for Bitcoin. But it doesn't make it bad or an acceptable chargeback method for the FTC. Trying to perform a chargeback for this would likely be declined as there is nothing malicious [according to Bitmain] about the backdoor, nor any malware or viruses.

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Wed May 03, 2017 7:42 am

I don't think calling the setup in Bitmain's open source firmware a Backdoor is accurate either.
It didn't allow Bitmain to update or control a users system to do anything at all other than to stop mining, and even that could be bypassed by the user easily.

In short, it wasn't a virus, malware, or a backdoor. It was just some poorly designed firmware that has been open source since day one, so buyers had the ability to know exactly what they were getting.
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Wed May 03, 2017 3:50 pm

i recieved -100 points for ONE comment which BitcoinXio disliked? why is that? that was never allowed in the first place! when will this censorship stop?

BitcoinXio you are abusing your mod status here more than anyone else!

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Wed May 03, 2017 7:14 pm

i recieved -100 points for ONE comment which BitcoinXio disliked? why is that? that was never allowed in the first place! when will this censorship stop?
I have just PM'd BitcoinXio about this and removed the -100 reputation points.

Seriously though, LiteCoinGuy, "when will this censorship stop"? You're intimating that negative reputation points are tantamount to censorship now? That seems a rather petulant position indeed. You're certainly free to express that opinion but I'd love to hear the logic behind it.
BitcoinXio you are abusing your mod status here more than anyone else!

It is a shame how this forum has evolved over the years.
BitcoinXio adding -100 reputation points certainly was not an appropriate thing to do given his position, and he has now been advised of this. However, he has not made any similar transgressions in the past so the title of 'abusing your mod status here more than anyone else' remains with you, for the time being.

If any moderator engaged in the manner which you did they would have been removed them from the moderator group. This isn't personal, LiteCoinGuy, rather it is a direct consequence of the actions you took while a moderator here. You're fully aware of this, yet you're trying to spin it into some form of "censorship" and utilising it to attack people who had absolutely nothing to do with your demotion.

You may disagree with opinions expressed by Bitcoin.com and supporters of Bitcoin Unlimited, and that is your right - you can do so here without a hint of suppression - but if you wish to make claims of censorship please do provide the proof to go with them and I can address it. Otherwise you're showing yourself to be full of hot air, and you know it.

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Re: Beware - Bitmain is attacking Bitcoin again via their malicious mining software - Backdoor!

Fri May 05, 2017 10:02 am

BitcoinXio should be removed as a mod because he abused his power!
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Re: Beware - Bitmain is attacking Bitcoin again via their malicious mining software - Backdoor!

Fri May 05, 2017 10:52 am

BitcoinXio should be removed as a mod because he abused his power!
Well, no.

He has received a PM about this advising that such conduct was not appropriate. Just as you received a PM previously about conduct that was not appropriate (stickying your own opinions in order to make them more prominent when regular users cannot) before conducting yourself further in a manner unbecoming of a moderator (censoring users by deleting their posts - the irony of your current cries of 'censorship' is not lost on anyone) resulting in your removal from the moderator group here, an advisory was made in this instance that further transgressions will result in the same situation occurring.

Furthermore, if it were the case that any moderator deleted other user's posts (as you did) they would be removed on the spot.

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