What would be probable attack courses/reasons?
Attackers could try to shut down the whole network. Doesn’t make a lot of sense. As long as we have internet access, we can restart. Maybe country firewalls can block most SAFE traffic, but Maidsafe put a lot of effort into circumventing such limitations; let’s hope it’s enough. Signal has serious problems with some countries since Google and Amazon went against their domain fronting, but that’s a completely different technology.
More interesting would be to try to get at data / coins. Attackers would need to control the majority of nodes at least within a region, if I understood right. And then there’s still a lot of good encryption. Can it resist the computing power of some government agencies?
Would it be possible to use a modified version of the code to run (a lot of) nodes that seem to play completely fair but collect meaningful data (contents, coins, metadata)? Or to control the routing/locating of nodes? I guess by manipulating the “random” location of nodes, you can create a network/region, where you can “see” enough data to get complete files and try to decrypt them.
While this thread is mostly about setting up and running malicious nodes, I guess there’s a probability that crackers (state agencies etc.) can steal / take over identities over the usual channels (trojans, keyloggers…). Of course they would need to take over a lot of “important” nodes – maybe by bribing/blackmailing Maidsafe admins?
If “they” wanted to get just my data, they would try to corrupt my computer or my vault node in a data center, not the whole network, because that would be inefficient. But if, say, some groups of “freedom fighters” would use the SAFE network for their communication, a state agency might decide it’s worth the effort to take over the majority of nodes by all possible means in a still small network… I don’t think 2/3 of all nodes would be out of reach.