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Change of ownership
At the end of April 2018, Canton Becker, the owner of BitcoinPaperWallet.com at the time, announced via a signed PGP message that he had sold the website to an unknown owner, later revealed to be Sarkis Sarkissian. Since then, there have been multiple accusations of BitcoinPaperWallet.com generating used private keys and private keys created from it being stolen. Sarkissian has denied these allegations.
It is reported that the website's backend has a backdoor that sends the private keys generated across the Internet to its servers.
- A safe way to use this generator is to download the generator from GitHub so that it can be run as a "local" webpage using a secure offline computer. No Internet connection is required to generate new paper wallets and Bitcoin addresses.
- For the highest level of security, install the BitcoinPaperWallet generator onto an absolutely clean (virus-free, no unnecessary applications installed) "Live CD" or bootable USB thumbdrive.
Differences from BitAddress
While BitAddress is capable of generating "brain wallets", pool-generated vanity wallets, and bulk wallets, BitcoinPaperWallet has been simplified such that its only function is to produce paper wallets. Additionally:
- Paper wallets printed using BitcoinPaperWallet feature a tri-fold design that is sealed shut so as to hide the wallet's private key and QR code from view.
- The reverse side of the design includes instructions for general use as well as a ledger for writing down deposits or other notes.
- The overall design includes a number of features to discourage casual tampering efforts that might otherwise reveal the private key without notice.
- The generator includes an option for printing a paper wallet by pasting in a self-generated private key or vanity address, bypassing the random address generator altogether.
Similarities to BitAddress
BitcoinPaperWallet is a GitHub "fork" of BitAddress and uses verifiably identical cryptographic functions and methods. Similarly:
- The generator works entirely from within a web browser.
- No Internet connection is required for the generator to work.
- The full source code can be examined via "view source" in web browser.
- The generator can be run offline by downloading a ZIP archive of the HTML from GitHub.
The BitcoinPaperWallet design is available in 12 different languages. Designs for special occasions are also available, for example these designs for the Christmas holiday or for giving money in red envelopes (e.g. for Chinese New Year.)
- The official BitcoinPaperWallet.com thread -- updates and news. “At the end of April 2018, I sold the bitcoinpaperwallet.com website, service, and associated domain names to a new owner. This also includes related projects such as litecoinpaperwallet.com and ethereumpaperwallet.com.”
- The official BitcoinPaperWallet.com thread -- updates and news.
- Crypto Users Claim Popular Bitcoin Paper Wallet Generator Is Compromised, Millions Allegedly Stolen - news.bitcoin.com
- Why has my newly created Bitcoin address already been used? - Bitcointalk.org
- What did I do wrong that caused me to lose bitcoin? - Bitcoin Stack Exchange
- My paper wallet generated on bitcoinpaperwallet.com was hacked! - Reddit
- BitcoinPaperWallet ‘Back Door’ Responsible for Millions in Missing Funds, Research Suggests - Coindesk