Samourai Wallet, in a detailed Twitter thread, has accused its primary rival, Wasabi Wallet, of orchestrating a “psyop” (psychological operation) through its educational initiative, Coinjoins.org. This accusation is believed to be a distraction tactic by Samourai, stemming from Wasabi’s recent collaboration with chain surveillance firms for the development of “compliant coinjoin.”
No verification or sources supporting Samourai’s claim about Wasabi’s “compliant coinjoin” were provided at the time of the report.
The discourse also delved into the PlusToken Ponzi scheme, which Samourai alleges had its mixing mechanism unveiled due to flaws in Wasabi’s protocol. Research from OXT indicated an unusual repetition in addresses from Wasabi mixer outputs, hinting at an ongoing Sybil attack on Wasabi’s mixer, which purportedly links back to PlusToken.
To elaborate, a Sybil attack involves one node creating multiple false identities in a peer-to-peer system like a blockchain, aiming to manipulate or gather insights on the network.
Moreover, reports on the North Korean Lazarus Group and inquiries into the KuCoin hack and Hydra dark web marketplace criticized Wasabi’s CoinJoin execution. However, these sources, connected to Blender—a Wasabi interface—originated from one entity, suggesting potential bias. Adding to this, it’s worth noting OXT Research’s previously declared collaboration with Samourai.
Samourai also asserts that in 2020 they identified a deterministic flaw in Wasabi’s coin selection algorithm for Coinjoin, compromising its anonymity. Although Wasabi reportedly dismissed the claim, they seemed to have silently addressed the issue later.