Dmitry Khovratovich joins Dusk Network!

Dusk Network is proud to announce that senior cryptographer Dmitry Khovratovich, the inventor of Equihash, joins Dusk Network as R&D mentor.

Dmitry is currently a principal cryptographer at Evernym, Inc. He has been an active cryptographic researcher since 2004. He developed the Equihash Proof-of-work algorithm which is currently being used as consensus mechanism for the ZCash cryptocurrency, and the Argon2 key derivation function, which won the Password Hashing Competition in July 2015.

Dmitry Khovratovich. Picture by: Binary District

He is the publisher of several Cryptanalysis papers for a number of mainstream cyphers, such as the first cryptanalytic attack on full-round AES-192 and AES-256 which is faster than a brute-force attack, an attack on the Radio Gatún cryptographic primitive, and also the current best cryptanalysis on Skein, a candidate for the SHA-3 competition.

In 2014, he published research about the deanonymisation of clients in the Bitcoin P2P network.

Dmitry has broken a number of ciphers and hash functions and is quoted: “Give me a system and I will find a weakness”. He is also an author of the Guru reputation system that Dusk Network will employ to ensure convergence of voting in the shortest amount of time.

“Dmitry is one of the leading figures in the world of cryptographic research, and the studies he published during the past years show the passion he has for his work. We are happy to welcome him in the Dusk family, where we know his skills and advisory will bring great value to our proposition”— Fulvio Venturelli, Lead Researcher of Dusk Network.

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