Plausible Deniability and Cryptocurrency Privacy Workshop
Plausible Deniability and Cryptocurrency Privacy workshop
This workshop will be given:
Day 1: Friday, 22-July-2022, 7:30pm - 10:30pm, Workshop A (D'Angelo 309)
NOTE: You do NOT need to register to take this workshop -- please show up early to ensure a seat at Workshop A (D'Angelo 309).
Hackers around the world use cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and ether every day under the mistaken assumption that these networks are somehow privacy-preserving (often conflating pseudonymity for privacy). This couldn't be further from the truth, as it is in fact often easier to trace crypto transactions than fiat transactions. Even so-called private networks like Zcash and Monero aren't failsafe from a privacy perspective. However, with a few tricks and tools it is possible to preserve privacy on cryptographic networks in a robust way. This workshop will present a brief history of privacy successes and failures in cryptocurrency and blockchain with important case studies, will demonstrate tracing and de-anonymization of actual transactions in real time, and will present tools and techniques for guaranteeing strong privacy.
Understand where information about your activity may be leaked, across the stack: hardware, software, protocol, and network.
See case studies of how users were identified through their on-chain traces.
Learn a framework for how to think about what parts of a transaction can be made private.
Follow along as we demo tools to stay safe at a network level.
We will also demo some privacy-centric wallets and cryptocurrency protocols.
Registration -- NOT required
You do not need to register in advance to take this workshop -- just show up early to ensure a seat.:
What Participants Should Bring to the Workshop (if anything)
If you'd like, bring a laptop with a browser wallet funded with some change.