Dust Attacks on the Blockchain

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Have you ever randomly received a cryptocurrency you didn’t expect? You may have wondered if it was some kind of attack, or just harmless advertising. At the very least, you were probably curious how someone even got your address in the first place. Don’t worry, you’re not getting hacked (if it were that easy, let’s be real — we’d all be out of money by now). Let’s dig into the details!

Why did I receive a random cryptocurrency in my wallet?

How did they get my address?

So if you’ve ever made any crypto transaction, your address is publicly visible. New crypto projects using airdrops for advertising will often filter for addresses that hold large amounts of other cryptocurrency.

What about anonymity?

So, although the blockchain publicly stores every transaction that has ever occurred, it does not reveal anyone’s identity.

Should I avoid touching the airdropped token?

Of course, behind every myth there is a grain of truth. Remember that the blockchain is a public ledger. That means that if you send the airdropped token to another address, (or sell it, or burn it), this transaction will be visible on the blockchain. It is just the same as if you sent bitcoin to the other address. There is nothing special about the airdropped token — it doesn’t have any kind of chemical trace on it.

So what should I do?

You can do nothing at all if you’d like. If you don’t like the logo, you can also hide the token in TrustWallet. If you want to get rid of it entirely, you can send it to any address. You can do any of these things, and your wallet will be totally safe.

Just about the only thing you shouldn’t do is send the airdropped token to the address of a secret money laundering cartel that you wouldn’t want to be publicly involved with! Not because the token you received is an airdropped token, but because the address you’re sending to is a secret money laundering cartel.

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