Shared Secret Steganography for Usable Mnemonic Based Security

  This project will use steganography technology and shared secrets to improve the usability of the process of recovering cryptocurrency/distributed ledger wallet. It will do so by encoding parts of the recovery mnemonic within images, which can then be scanned. This mnemonic is 24 words long, and must be remembered to recover the cryptocurrency wallet. The split mnemonic is then distributed, and hidden within multiple images to retain security. These images will be well-known images to improve security further, and to reassemble the mnemonic all the images must be scanned by a mobile device. The collaboration is required due to the experience of the academic partners in blockchain, secret sharing & steganography. This combination of skills is very difficult to find in the industry outside of academia.

  • Start Date:

    1 March 2019

  • End Date:

    30 June 2019

  • Activity Type:

    Externally Funded Research

  • Funder:

    Scottish Funding Council

  • Value:

    £5000

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