Interesting Parts in CIA Leaks

Schneier wrote: 8,761 classified CIA documents […] 2012-2016 […]it sounds like this cache of documents wasn’t taken from the CIA and given to WikiLeaks for publication, but has been passed around the community for a while — and incidentally some part of the cache was passed to WikiLeaks. […]  extraordinary collection […] several hundred million lines …

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Is PGP Bankrupt?

In the last few years, we have seen an increased awareness that PGP/GPG is a dinosaur of 1990s crypto, and it does not satisfy the need of modern users for secure communication. PGP model has many perverse effects: like creating a single point of failure where all sensitive communications are compromised with cracking one single …

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Blockchain Privacy – Part 2: Stealth Addresses

Privacy In Part 1 we covered why privacy is essential for widespread cryptocurrency adoption, and concluded that neither Bitcoin nor Ethereum, or even ZCash is suitable for the task we’re wanting to solve: anonymity with efficiency. (Also the bonus property of needing no trusted setup)! COOL THING 1: STEALTH ADDRESSES The benefits of using stealth …

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D-Day For Z.Cash

Today the first ever truly anonymous crypto currency ZEC went live. The full P2P client can be downloaded from here [Linux only for now]. The total number of ZEC coins will be only 21 million, like in bitcoin. Zerocash also reproduces few other unreasonable properties known from bitcoin: bizarre monetary policy with inelastic monetary supply and block halving every …

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Extended Deadline – Blockchain Research Competition – Blockchain Student Paper Competition – Cash Prizes, Job Openings

We encourage students and young researchers to submit their paper or their thesis work to our research competition.   Submissions are extended until 31 October. Cash prizes will be awarded and winners will be invited to present their work at an international blockchain conference. More details here and here and here and here is the submission link (some older and recent …

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How Many 1024-bit Primes Have Backdoors?

So how did the NSA backdoored the Internet or did they??? New ground-breaking paper shows that DSA and DH mod P keys with 1024 bits are vulnerable to practical backdoors which can be exploited to break our secure communications. Few highlights: For such trapdoored primes the DL problem can be solved in 2 months by an academic cluster. The …

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UCL InfoSec Visit at Bletchley Park – 2 Oct 2016

    Home Work After a bombe demonstration by a WW2 veteran Ruth Bourne and BP bombe experts, students have been asked to further study at home how Enigma was broken, see our hand-out. More details can be found in our teaching materials “Enigma and Block Ciphers – 100 years of cryptanalysis with non-commutative combinations …

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Changing the Past of Ethereum – Not an Ordinary Divorce

Tomorrow 20 July Ethereum are going to invalidate more than 50M$ worth of Ethereum stolen by some rogue hacker group. Congratulations to our community for this brave decision! Support for this decision must be shown by all honest citizens of crypto space by upgrading ASAP geth.exe and mist wallets to the new version, for example now, and …

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DAO – Record Breaking Theft Worth 5OM$

Some 50 millions of dollars have been stolen from DAO token holders (including myself). The DAO is by the way, claimed to be closing [Tual]. Closing or not, it remains a smart contract which should allow DAO holders to get some of their initial ethers back. Now can the thief spend his Ethers without being caught (for now locked until 14 …

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