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01 October 2020

Privacy and Scalability of Lightning Network Lower Than Expected: Report

Privacy and Scalability of Lightning Network Lower Than Expected: Report


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The team focused on non-cooperative channel closures and they suggest that — since the network started its activity — about 60,000 such transactions took place.

A non-cooperative channel closure happens when a Lightning Network node initiates the closure of a payment channel without directly communicating with the node that the channel is linked to.

“The fact that non-cooperative closures are more common than many thought, means the privacy and scalability benefits of lightning are lower than many expected too.

However, [...] as users learn more about how to use the lightning network and lightning wallets improve, the prevalence of non-cooperative closures could fall.”.

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