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Lecture: Introduction to Blockchain Security

ProfessorProf. Dr. Ghassan Karame
Course numberTBA



The main objective of the course is to provide a comprehensive overview of the security and privacy of blockchain technologies.

Background in system security, network security, cryptographic primitives (encryption methods, signatures, MACs, hash functions), principles of communication networks, is required.

Pre-requisites: Intro to Crypto 1 and 2, System Security, Network Security 1.

Lab assignments
During the course, there will be numerous exercises/assignments. These are complementary to the lecture material and help in deepening the understanding of students in the topics covered in the lecture. 

Unless specified otherwise, assignments and lab work is to be performed and submitted individually. In case of individual assignments, any form of unsolicited collaboration or plagiarism will not be tolerated and will result in the immediate disqualification of the involved students from that particular assignment. 


    • Lecture: English
    • Exam & Exercise : German (but also English allowed)

Learning format
Lecture hall with media support, e-learning, exercises on the computer, additional self-study with additional materials and tasks provided.

Written Exam
At the end of the semester, we will organize a written exam. The exact location and date of the exam will be announced in due time. Physical presence is strictly required for the exam. The exam will cover both theoretical and practical aspects that were presented in the lecture/exercise session.