Ian Avrum Goldberg
|Born||March 31, 1973|
|Known for||Off-the-Record Messaging|
|Institutions||University of Waterloo|
|Thesis||"A Pseudonymous Communications Infrastructure for the Internet" (2000)|
|Doctoral advisor||Eric Brewer|
Ian Avrum Goldberg (born March 31, 1973) is a cryptographer and cypherpunk. He is best known for breaking Netscape's implementation of SSL (with David Wagner), and for his role as chief scientist of Radialpoint (formerly Zero Knowledge Systems), a Canadian software company. Goldberg is currently a professor at the Faculty of Mathematics of the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science within the University of Waterloo, and the Canada Research Chair in Privacy Enhancing Technologies. He was formerly Tor Project board of directors chairman, and is one of the designers of off the record messaging.
He attended high school at the University of Toronto Schools, graduating in 1991. In 1995, he received a B.Math from the University of Waterloo in pure mathematics and computer science. He obtained a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in December 2000. His thesis was entitled A Pseudonymous Communications Infrastructure for the Internet. His advisor was Eric Brewer.
As a high school student, Goldberg was a member of Canada's team to the International Math Olympiad from 1989 to 1991, where he received a bronze, silver, and gold medal respectively. He was also a member of University of Waterloo team that won the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest in 1994. In 1998, Wired Magazine chose him as a member of the "Wired 25". In 2011 he won the EFF Pioneer Award. In 2019, he won the USENIX Security Test of Time Award along with his colleagues David Wagner and Randi Thomas and former PhD supervisor Eric Brewer.
Work in cryptography
In 1995, Goldberg with David Wagner discovered a flaw in the random number generator used for temporary key generation in the SSL implementation of Netscape Navigator.
One of the first cryptanalyses on the WEP wireless encryption protocol was conducted by Goldberg with Nikita Borisov and David Wagner, revealing serious flaws in its design.
Goldberg was a co-author of the Off-the-Record instant messaging encryption protocol. He is also the author of the Perl script included in the novel Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson.
In 2009 Goldberg was co-author of the Sphinx Mix Format, which is nowadays implemented with the extension of a per-hop payload to increase the privacy of both payer and payee while routing Bitcoin payments through the Lightning Network.
Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum, was a research assistant of Goldberg while a student at the University of Waterloo.
Goldberg is a member of the Cryptography, Security and Privacy group as well as the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute (CPI). He has been collaborating with the CPI works on the development of a new interdisciplinary research and education program.
Notes and references
- ^ a b Ian Goldberg (1995-09-18). "Netscape SSL implementation cracked!". Newsgroup: hks.lists.cypherpunks. Retrieved 2006-09-12.
- ^ a b "Privacy and cybersecurity can foster 21st Century democracy". Waterloo News. 2022-01-10. Retrieved 2022-04-19.
- ^ Perlroth, Nicole (13 July 2016). "Tor Project, a Digital Privacy Group, Reboots With New Board". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-07-13.
- ^ "Tor Project Board of Directors". Tor Project. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
- ^ "A Pseudonymous Communications Infrastructure for the Internet" (PDF). 30 October 2001. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 October 2001. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
- ^ "International Mathematical Olympiad: Hall of fame".
- ^ "1993-94 18th Annual ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest Final Report". 2002-04-01. Archived from the original on 2011-01-02.
- ^ "The Wired 25". Wired. Vol. 6, no. 11. November 1998. Retrieved 2006-10-30.
- ^ "EFF Celebrates the 2011 Pioneer Award Winners". 18 November 2011. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
- ^ "Ian Goldberg Colleagues Honoured Security Research Test of Time". 14 August 2019. Retrieved 2021-02-02.
- ^ "The Cypherpunks Who Cracked Netscape". people.eecs.berkeley.edu.
- ^ Nikita Borisov; Ian Goldberg; David Wagner (2001). "Intercepting Mobile Communications: The Insecurity of 802.11" (PDF). Retrieved 2006-09-12.
- ^ "(In)Security of the WEP algorithm". www.isaac.cs.berkeley.edu.
- ^ Neal Stephenson (1999). Cryptonomicon. New York: Avon Books. p. Acknowledgements. ISBN 978-0-380-97346-0.
- ^ "Sphinx: A Compact and Provably Secure Mix Format" (PDF). cypherpunks.ca/~iang/.
- ^ "Basics Of Lightning Technology #4: Onion Routing Protocol". www.github.com/lightningnetwork/lightning-rfc. 21 July 2022.
- ^ "The Uncanny Mind That Built Ethereum". Wired. 13 July 2017. Archived from the original on 2017-07-13.
- ^ Hitt, Tarpley (2021-05-05). "Meet the World's Youngest Crypto Billionaire". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2022-04-19.
- University of Waterloo
- Ian Goldberg at the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
- Ian Goldberg's publications
- Ian Goldberg's website at cypherpunks.ca
- UC Berkeley
- Ian Goldberg's website at the University of California, Berkeley
- Experience With Top Gun Wingman: A Proxy-Based Graphical Web Browser for the 3Com PalmPilot  
- Wingman: A web browser created for the Palm Pilot PDA
- BARWAN research project, UC Berkeley (1995-1998)
- ISAAC research group, UC Berkeley (1996-2005)