A Bluffer’s Guide to secp256k1

If it wasn’t for Satoshi Nakamoto, you probably would never have heard of the secp256k1 Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) method. But, Satoshi used it to take a private key and then produce a public key. At the core of the adoption of Bitcoin is the usage of the ECDSA (Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm), where it was possible to verify a transaction from the public Bitcoin identifier. A key advantage is that it did not use PKI…

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Prof Bill Buchanan OBE

Prof Bill Buchanan OBE

Professor of Cryptography. Serial innovator. Believer in fairness, justice & freedom. Based in Edinburgh. Old World Breaker. New World Creator. Building trust.