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Nicolas Tadeusz Courtois | |
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Born | |

Citizenship | French |

Alma mater | University of Paris VI: Pierre et Marie Curie^{[1]} |

Known for | Cryptography, security |

Scientific career | |

Fields | Computer science |

Institutions | University College London |

**Nicolas Tadeusz Courtois** (born 14 November 1971) is a cryptographer, a senior lecturer in computer science at University College London.^{[2]}

Courtois was one of the co-authors of both the XSL attack against block ciphers such as the Advanced Encryption Standard^{[3]}^{[4]} and the XL system for solving systems of algebraic equations,^{[5]} used in the attack. Other cryptographic results of Courtois include algebraic attacks on stream ciphers,^{[6]} attacks on the KeeLoq and Hitag 2 systems used for remote keyless automobile entry systems,^{[7]} and an analysis of cryptographic weaknesses in public transit smart cards including the London Underground Oyster card^{[8]} and the Dutch OV-chipkaart.^{[7]}^{[9]} More recently, he has written about cryptocurrency.^{[10]}

Courtois graduated from University of Paris VI: Pierre et Marie Curie, where he got his doctoral degree in cryptography.^{[1]}

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^{a}^{b}Nicolas T. Courtois at the Mathematics Genealogy Project **^**"Staff profile". UCL. Retrieved 2 June 2014.**^**Courtois, Nicolas T.; Pieprzyk, Josef (2002), "Cryptanalysis of block ciphers with overdefined systems of equations",*Advances in Cryptology – AsiaCrypt 2002*, Lecture Notes in Computer Science,**2501**, Springer-Verlag, pp. 267–287, doi:10.1007/3-540-36178-2_17.**^**Greene, Thomas C. (September 16, 2002),*New AES crypto standard broken already? Depends who you ask*, The Register.**^**Courtois, Nicolas; Klimov, Alexander; Patarin, Jacques; Shamir, Adi (2000), "Efficient algorithms for solving overdefined systems of multivariate polynomial equations",*Advances in Cryptology – EuroCrypt 2000*, Lecture Notes in Computer Science,**1807**, Springer-Verlag, pp. 392–407, doi:10.1007/3-540-45539-6_27.**^**Courtois, Nicolas T. (2003), "Fast algebraic attacks on stream ciphers with linear feedback",*Advances in Cryptology – Crypto 2003*, Lecture Notes in Computer Science,**2729**, Springer-Verlag, pp. 176–194, doi:10.1007/978-3-540-45146-4_11.- ^
^{a}^{b}Blincoe, Robert (July 28, 2008),*Oyster cracker vows to clone cards: Cloning kit could sell for just £200, says researcher*, v3.co.uk. **^**Charlesworth, Andrew (June 23, 2008),*Researchers crack Oyster card security*, v3.co.uk.**^**de Winter, Brenno (April 18, 2008), "Weer nieuwe kraak chip OV-chipkaart",*WebWereld*(in Dutch).**^**"Emerging Technology From the arXiv". MIT Technology Review. 17 May 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2014.On The Longest Chain Rule and Programmed Self-Destruction of Crypto Currencies

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