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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Comparison of R&D Expenses in Different Countries

We have heard about the CIA/NSA Uber Apple/Google/Facebook, food industry, rampant imperialism which emanates from a handful of countries… and how these forces corrupt politicians and business circles in many other countries. Well actually in many cases it is self-inflicted misery. In many cases it is politicians and business people who run these countries do not …

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Is Computer Security a Pseudo Science?

A major paper trying to explain why security experts have so frequently failed.    Cormac Herley: The Unfalsifiability of Security Claims paper /slides. It starts with a great classic, Karl Popper philosophy of science which would be the basis to say “security” is some sort of pseudo-science. We read that “there is no empirical test that allows us …

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Researchers in Cryptography vs. Big Brother

For decades the dominant paradigm in crypto and security research would be: to claim that security vulnerabilities occur accidentally, ignoring major questions such as why there are so many of them and why the “bad scenarios” repeat so many times, concentrate security research on topics of secondary importance, or those which have no importance whatsoever and …

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Press Release: Student Thesis/Paper Blockchain Security Research Competition 2016

DEADLINE EXTENDED 15 OCT 2016. ============================ We have created a fund for research prizes for beginning researchers in bitcoin and blockchain security and financial cryptography.           In 2016 we are going to award prizes for student thesis and student paper work. Here is our press release. Submissions will be accepted until …

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Record Breaking DAO Token Sale

In the last 2 weeks it was possible to buy DAO tokens, a major new form of distributed business constructed to run on ETH blockchain. Until Friday 12 May 2016 some 50 M$ were invested. Then the price of these tokens has started raising [following the pre-determined rule] for the last 2 weeks of token …

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UCL Code Breaking Competition Winners Announced

On the V-Day and the 71st anniversary of defeating the Nazi Germany, we should remember how much the victory is owed to code breakers at Bletchley Park and elsewhere. 2016 UCL Code Breaking Competition (part of GA18). On this day it is my pleasure to announce the winners of the 2016 UCL Code Breaking competition. The winners …

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