APRP: An Anonymous Propagation Method in Bitcoin Network

  • Yuhang Yao Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Xiao Zeng Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Tianyue Cao Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Luoyi Fu Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Xinbing Wang Shanghai Jiao Tong University


Due to little attention given to anonymous protection against eavesdropping attacks in Bitcoin network, this paper initiatively proposes a solution to Bitcoin anonymization based on network structure. We first present a general adversarial network model for formulizing deanonymization attack, then present a novel propagation method APRP(Adaptive PageRank Propagation) that adopts PageRank as propagation delay factor and constantly adjusts PR-value of nodes to adapt to network dynamics. Experiments on both simulated and real Bitcoin networks confirm the superiority of APRP in terms of 20-50% performance enhancement under various deanonymization attacks.

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