16 January 2014

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AFSecurity Seminar


Date: 16 January 2014.

Location: Meeting Room Awk (room 3118), Ole-Johan Dahls hus (IfI).


14:00h Welcome at IfI

14:15h Invited talk

SPEAKER: Mikal Vike Villa, independent security expert

TITLE: Bitcoin: How it works in depth

Presentation slides: Media:AFSec20140116-Villa-Bitcoin.pdf

ABSTRACT: This is a presentation to explain Bitcoin in depth, and the security aspects around it. We dig into how we send, receive, and use bitcoins, and how the security behind it works. The Bitcoin system has security routines for double spending and other issues a currency system needs to address. Keywords: ECDSA, hashing, networking, anonymity

The talk presents the Bitcoin theory/technology that announces itself as a decentralized currency for the Internet. The talk goes into the security techniques that are used to keep Bitcoin in place. Setting aside the various controversies that economists raise in the press about Bitcoin, the security techniques behind Bitcoin open a wide palette of research questions and opportunities.

This talk should be of interest at least to: security people, formal methods people who want to analyse the various protocols and algorithms behind Bitcon, networking people who want to investigate the complex infrastructure that Bitcoin functions on, or to social and cognitive studies people that are interested in the human/business involvement in this system and the various possible misuses.

SPEAKER BIO: Mikal Vike Villa is an independent security expert with a special interest for privacy technologies.

15:00h Discussion