Biography

I am a Ph.D student in Security Engineering at University College London (UCL)  under the supervision of Prof. George Danezis and Prof. Jens Groth. I was a co-founder and researcher at chainspace.io, which builds a scalable smart contract platform; I am now a Research Scientist at the Blockchain team of Facebook based in London. I hold a master degree in Electrical Engineering from the Catholic University of Louvain (UCLouvain), a master degree in Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technologies (KIT), and a third master degree in Information Security from University College London (UCL).

My research interests are in privacy enhancing technologies, distributed ledgers, and cryptography. I have a special interest in trusted hardware and FPGA-based security applications. In the past, I worked on numerical calculations and simulations for physics-related problems (plasma physics, category theory, symmetry groups).

Selected Publications

11. Alberto Sonnino, Shehar Bano, Mustafa Al-Bassam, George Danezis. "Replay Attacks and Defenses against Cross-shard Consensus in Sharded Distributed Ledgers" arXiv preprint arXiv:1901.11218, 2019.

@article{sonnino2019replay,
title={Replay Attacks and Defenses against Cross-shard Consensus in Sharded Distributed Ledgers},
author={Sonnino, Alberto and Bano, Shehar and Al-Bassam, Mustafa and Danezis, George},
intype={arXiv preprint arXiv:1901.11218},
year={2019}
}

7. Alberto Sonnino, Mustafa Al-Bassam, Shehar Bano, Sarah Meiklejohn, George Danezis. "Coconut: Threshold Issuance Selective Disclosure Credentials with Applications to Distributed Ledgers" Proceedings of the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS), 2019.

@article{sonnino2019coconut,
title={Coconut: Threshold Issuance Selective Disclosure Credentials with Applications to Distributed Ledgers},
author={Sonnino, Alberto and Al-Bassam, Mustafa and Bano, Shehar and Meiklejohn, Sarah and Danezis, George},
intype={Proceedings of the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS)},
year={2019}
}

6. Mustafa Al-Bassam, Alberto Sonnino, Vitalik Buterin . "Fraud proofs: Maximising light client security and scaling blockchains with dishonest majorities" arXiv preprint arXiv:1809.09044 (2018).

@article{al2018fraud,
title={Fraud proofs: Maximising light client security and scaling blockchains with dishonest majorities},
author={Al-Bassam, Mustafa and Sonnino, Alberto and Buterin, Vitalik},
journal={arXiv preprint arXiv:1809.09044},
year={2018}
}

3. Mustafa Al-Bassam, Alberto Sonnino, Shehar Bano, Dave Hrycyszyn, George Danezis. "Chainspace: A Sharded Smart Contracts Platform." Proceedings of the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS), 2018.

@inproceedings{al2017chainspace,
title={Chainspace: A Sharded Smart Contracts Platform},
author={Al-Bassam, Mustafa and Sonnino, Alberto and Bano, Shehar and Hrycyszyn, Dave and Danezis, George},
intype={Proceedings of the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS)},
year={2018},
}

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