A fair payment system with online anonymous transfer
Author(s)Vo, Binh D
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
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Physical cash can be anonymously transfered. Transferability is a desirable property because it allows for flexible, private commerce where neither the seller nor the buyer must identify themselves to the bank. In some cases, however, anonymity can be abused and lead to problems such as blackmail and money laundering. In 1996, Camenisch, Piveteau, and Stadler introduced the concept of fairness for (non-transferable) ECash, where a trusted authority can revoke the anonymity of certain transactions as needed. To our knowledge, no current ECash system supports both anonymous transfer and fairness. We have designed and implemented such a system. Also, we formally describe a set of desirable properties for ECash systems and prove that our system meets all of these properties under the Strong RSA assumption and the Decisional Diffie-Hellman assumption in the random oracle model. Furthermore, we provide extensions for our system that could allow it to deal with offline payments and micropayments. Our system has been implemented in java. Tests have shown that it performs and scales well, as expected.
Thesis (M. Eng.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, February 2007.Includes bibliographical references (p. 26-27).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.