Telegram, the encrypted messaging app that has gained a reputation as the preferred method of communication among terrorists, pedophiles, and other unsavory types is working on an anonymous blockchain-based solution that would allow its users to access its services without a SIM card.
As explained on their website, the company is developing a platform they are calling the Telegram Open Network (TON) which will include an ad-free anonymous browsing service called TON DNS and an anonymous blockchain-based equivalent of phone numbers called TON Proxy.
The latter would allow computers and mobile devices to establish secure connections without using SIM cards or mobile IP addresses.
Telegram is developing an anonymous blockchain-based solution to give users the option to not use any SIM cards at all.
Mobile devices that do not use SIM cards have been used in the past by spies and others with a critical need for anonymity through communications.
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In fact, the U.S. military has invested millions of dollars into research aimed at creating a device that can operate without a SIM card or battery, instead relying on solar power for energy and sending messages via electromagnetic pulses that are imperceptible to humans but detectable by other devices nearby.
A blockchain is a distributed database that maintains a continuously growing list of records, called blocks. Each block contains a timestamp and a link to the previous block.
The data in any given block cannot be altered retroactively without altering all subsequent blocks, which requires consensus among nodes maintaining the blockchain—hence the name.
Blockchains are used as public transaction ledgers for digital currencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, but they can also be used to record other types of data, including contracts and information about who owns what property in smart cities’ infrastructure.