Bitcoin network analysis and applications to forensics

  • What: The tutorial will first provide a summary of what information is stored in the Bitcoin's distributed ledger, and how this information induces a logical network (graph), along with a summary of general analysis of properties of these networks. We will then discuss how this network can be analysed to infer information regarding users, in particular, how multiple wallet addresses used by a single entity may be recognized (wallet address aggregeration). We will then discuss the design of mechanisms and behaviours of users to thwart such analysis - both in the context of Bitcoin, as well as in the context of design of new cryptocurrencies that incorporate more robust inherent anonymization mechanisms than the original Bitcoin protocol. We will wrap up the tutorial with demonstration of some tools for cryptocurrency network analysis and visualization.

  • Who: Prof. Anwitaman Dutta
    Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering (SCSE)
    Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore.
    PhD from EPFL, Lausanne (Switzerland)

  • Where: A007, R&D Block, IIIT Delhi

  • When: Dec 17, 1030hrs - 1300hrs IST

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