Sunday, August 16, 2015

Mining monero through Tor in Ubuntu 14.04

Mining Monero through Tor can be easly done using proxychains-ng (also called proxychains4). sudo proxychains4 /opt/cpuminer-multi/minerd -a cryptonight -o stratum+tcp:// -u YOUR_WALLET_ADDRESS -p x
Instructions how to install proxychains-ng on ubuntu are here and how to cpu miner for monero are here.

Testing if it works

To check if it works, I will assume we use the following moneropool. First lets check IP address for the pool address: Note that you may have different IP addresses, as the pool is on the Amazon cloud and the IP can be different. Having the IPs lets use iftop to monitor our outgoing connections. If you dont have iftop, install itsudo apt-get install iftop First, lets check the iftop (run using sudo iftop) window when we run the minred miner without proxychains and torsudo /opt/cpuminer-multi/minerd -a cryptonight -o stratum+tcp:// -u YOUR_WALLET_ADDRESS -p x When using the minerd without tor, we should see Amazon servers in the iftop window since the miner connects directly to the pool:
As can be seen, some of the servers were found in the nslookup for the

Now, lets see what happens when we use proxychains:udo proxychains4 /opt/cpuminer-multi/minerd -a cryptonight -o stratum+tcp:// -u YOUR_WALLET_ADDRESS -p x
The Amazon's servers are gone from the iftop, since the minerd connects to the Amazon servers using our tor. Instead of Amazon names, we see an input tor node.

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