@Grant_Hawkins I think I’ve been victim of dusting attacks on EOS, see my wallet… because EOS is kinda stupid as it doesn’t allow to create an account for free, I used a service claiming to pay for the RAM to create one, so it was a “free” service offered by MEET ONE so I ended up creating my “vanity” address with them, check it out: https://bloks.io/account/firepolswiss
The problem is that since then I receive (mostly in Chinese) spam marked as “news” and I don’t know how to block it. Sometimes some airdrops of shitcoins with no value, so just dust.
So I think that this address is compromised (I consider this a test wallet anyway) and I may create a new one, less vanity, some random string to give me better privacy I guess.
1. What is the goal of a dusting attack?
The goal is to identify the person or the company behind a specific wallet.
2. If a dusting attack is successful, how is the victim at risk?
Scammers can do elaborated phishing attacks and cyber-extortions.
3. Do deterministic wallets protect against dusting attacks?
No, because when a user spends funds there is (usually) no way to prevent it from using those dust funds. Some wallets (see Samourai wallet) allow to freeze those funds.
4. What features did Samourai Wallet add to protect against dusting attacks?
Samourai Wallet sends an alert to their users on suspicious or dust transactions, they also implemented a “do not spend” feature to allow users to mark those suspicious funds and prevent them from using them.