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Bitcoin Price Boom Sees Students Flocking to Take Cryptocurrency Courses

The rise of bitcoin is seeing an increasing number of students signing up for cryptocurrency classes at top computer science schools such as Stanford. According to Dan Boneh, co-director of the Stanford Computer Security Lab and professor of cryptography, he is attracting a large number of people to his cryptocurrency courses. As a cryptography researcher for almost 30 years, Boneh began teaching...

Sending Messages to the Future: Timechain Cryptocurrency Security

Elías Snær Einarsson and Matthew Roberts, two coders who presently focus largely on cryptocurrency, have entered the security business with a splash, presenting a system called Timechain which aims to eliminate one of the biggest problems for exchanges: private keys having to exist in the same place as the funds being exchanged. Disclosure: the author is nothing of a cryptographer. Please make...

Cryptography Researchers & Users Could Face Jail Time In Australia

In recent weeks, not only has UK Prime Minister David Cameron suggested the banning of encryption use, Australia is on its way to making it a criminal offense to even lecture on the topic. Starting next May, academics could face prison for empowering individuals with the knowledge of cryptography. As Defence Report states, "Without the exclusion for academics, as enjoyed by the US and UK...

Bitcoin Lecture at CERN, December 2 and 3

A two-parts lecture on Introduction to Cryptography and the Bitcoin Protocol will be given at CERN, in Geneva (Switzerland), on December 2 (Part 1) and December 3 (Part 2), from 11am to noon on both days. CERN, one of the most prestigious research laboratories in the world, is also the birthplace of the World Wide Web and the modern Internet, which gives this event a special symbolic significance...

Luxembourg Researchers Find a Way to Unmask Bitcoin Users

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One of the stated strengths of Bitcoin has, from the beginning, been its ability to provide anonymity and a sense of security on the same level that cash transactions do. When one spends and is paid in cash, the only real record of the transaction which ties the spender to the cash spent is in the spender's possession and recording of a receipt. Bitcoin works in much the same way although a...

UMD Sponsoring Free, Online Class in Cryptography

UMD Offering Free Cyptography Course Starting in Marhc

The University of Maryland at College Park, which is tied for #15 in computer science with Columbia and UC San Diego (source: US News & World Report 2014 college rankings), has partnered with Coursera to offer a legitimate, free class in cryptography. Taught by Professor Jonathan Katz – not to be confused with Slashdot contributor and technology writer Jon Katz – the next six-week long...

Did the NSA Outline Bitcoin In 1996?

The NSA was one of the first organizations to describe a Bitcoin-like system. About twelve years before Satoshi Nakamoto published his legendary white paper to the Metzdowd.com cryptography mailing list, a group of NSA information security researchers published a paper entitled How to Make a Mint: the Cryptography of Anonymous Electronic Cash in two prominent places, the first being an MIT...

An Inside Look at ProtonMail: End-to-End Encrypted Email

An Inside Look at ProtonMail: End-to-End Encrypted Email

Bitcoin users are no strangers to cryptography. After all, Bitcoin wouldn't even exist without it, since cryptography prevents double spending and allows the network to verify ownership of coins. Of course, the primary purpose of cryptography has always been secret communication, and a new service called ProtonMail is offering exactly that. ProtonMail is an email service offering full end-to-end...

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