30 Jun '15, 2pm

MIT’s bitcoin-inspired "Enigma" lets computers mine encrypted data

Enigma’s homomorphic technique works by mimicking a few of the features of bitcoin’s decentralized network architecture: It encrypts data by splitting it up into pieces and randomly distributing indecipherable chunks of it to hundreds of computers in the Enigma network known as “nodes.” Each node performs calculations on its discrete chunk of information before the user recombines the results to derive an unencrypted answer. Thanks to some mathematical tricks the Enigma creators implemented, the nodes are able to collectively perform every kind of computation that computers normally do, but without accessing any other portion of the data except the tiny chunk they were assigned. To keep track of who owns what data—and where any given data’s pieces have been distributed—Enigma stores that metadata in the bitcoin blockchain, the unforgeable record of messages copied to thous...

Full article: http://www.wired.com/2015/06/mits-bitcoin-inspired-enigma...

Tweets

MIT's Bitcoin-Inspired 'Enigma' Lets Computers ...

wired.com 30 Jun '15, 11am

Enigma’s homomorphic technique works by mimicking a few of the features of bitcoin’s decentralized network architecture: I...

MIT's 'Enigma' system uses bitcoin tricks to sh...

engadget.com 01 Jul '15, 8am

At each node of this network, calculations are performed before the user pulls all the constituent parts back together. Th...

MIT's 'Enigma' system uses bitcoin tricks to sh...

engadget.com 01 Jul '15, 8am

At each node of this network, calculations are performed before the user pulls all the constituent parts back together. Th...