Giulia Fanti

Assistant Prof. of Electrical and Computer Engineering,Carnegie Mellon University

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Anonymity Vulnerabilities in Bitcoin’s Peer-to-Peer Network

Recently, researchers have demonstrated deanonymization attacks that exploit weaknesses in the Bitcoin network’s peer-to-peer (P2P) networking protocols. In particular, the P2P network currently forwards content in a structured way that allows observers to link users’ Bitcoin addresses to their IP addresses. This is a substantial privacy vulnerability that extends to several other cryptocurrencies as well. In this talk, I will discuss how these attacks work, and how effective they are at deanonymizing users. I will also talk about countermeasures, including proposed modifications to the networking stack.

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Biography

Giulia Fanti is an assistant professor of ECE at Carnegie Mellon University, with a focus on privacy-preserving technologies. She obtained her Ph.D. in EECS from U.C. Berkeley, and her B.S. in ECE from Olin College of Engineering in 2010. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, as well as a Best Paper Award at ACM Sigmetrics 2015 for her work on anonymous rumor spreading, in collaboration with Peter Kairouz, Sewoong Oh and Pramod Viswanath.

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