Published by Dan Kaminsky on Apr. 12, 2013
Two years ago, I tried to hack BitCoin. I failed. This was very exciting.
It is a fairly open secret that almost all systems can be hacked, somehow. It is a less spoken of secret that such hacking has actually gone quite mainstream. Everybody hacks … sometimes. But I am not here to discuss the raging question that is — what do we do about the fact that we’ve built a global economy on a system optimized for moving pictures of cats? They really are very cute. Seriously though, as an engineer and as a hacker (and I promise you, these are two very different things), BitCoin surprised me. Here was a system with the following properties: