LN nodes are NOT banks or like banks. Please stop spreading this nonsense.

"A bank is a financial institution that accepts deposits from the public and creates credit." (WP).

The "creates credit" aspect is the central concept of a bank. A bank creates credit. Lending money is the core business model of banks. So something which doesn't lend money isn't a bank. The core concept of LN is that money in a channel needs to be funded first. A LN node doesn't lends money, so it isn't a bank.

Lending money is also the real problem, risk etc with banks:

If a bank lends out money to the wrong people, the bank can become bankrupt and all their customers deposits can't be payed back anymore which can create lots of trouble if banks hold lots of money. A LN channel only has the money which is funded first so it can't go bankrupt. People will always get their money back. There is no possibility of a bank run or economic collapse as with banks.

Also a bank can create "money from nothing" because of fractional reserve banking: The bank can lend money it doesn't have, needing only a fraction in reserves. That's what's known as "fiat money" and this has its own risks. With LN this isn't possible because channels needs to be funded with 100% of the money they contain, so also no risk here.

So LN doesn't creates "banks" again. LN nodes are no banks because the core aspect, "creating credit" is missing. People who repeat FUD like "LN just reinvents the banking system" simply have no clue how banks work and where the real risks are – or they use this analogy to push their agenda. So be aware.

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Bitcoin – The Currency of the Internet

[PROOF] More than 90% of S2X nodes are Amazon AWS instances

So I have some scripts in place that check for btc1 nodes and ban them regularly.

Today I realized I have all the data available already so why not checking how many of nodes that advertise to the network as S2X run on AWS.

Amazon provides the list of their IP ranges here so it was fairly easy.

Here is my old script that gets the list of 2x nodes and saves them in a file.

Then there's the script that just goes through the list of IPs and checks whether they exist within the AWS IP range.

Those of you that know how to read PHP (probably almost everyone) can verify the source here (didn't want to put it on GitHub because it's a quick shit code).

Given how quickly the node count grew for btc1 it was obvious they're faking it. Now we have hard data that prove so.

For those that want to stop providing node resources to these attackers, feel free to ban them with these scripts.

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