Visualizing the Bitcoin’s OP_RETURN operator

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Abstract

Bitcoin is undoubtedly the most used distributed ledger technology nowadays. Bitcoin's OP_RETURN operator allows for saving arbitrary data on the blockchain. This comes as an extension of Bitcoin's core usage (i.e. cryptocurrency) and opens up a multitude of use cases. These range from benign applications (e.g. ownership of a digital/physical asset) to illegal/malicious scenarios (e.g. blockchain-based botnets). In this paper, we present a system that provides advanced analytic and visual capabilities with regard to the OP_RETURN operator. Furthermore, we showcase a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the OP_RETURN along with a number of interesting findings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACM International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing (Mobihoc)
Number of pages2
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication dateOct 2020
Pages305-306
ISBN (Print)9781450380157
ISBN (Electronic)9781450380157
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020
EventThe Twenty-first ACM International Symposium on Theory, Algorithmic Foundations, and Protocol Design for Mobile Networks and Mobile Computing - Virtuel event
Duration: 1 Oct 20202 Oct 2020

Conference

ConferenceThe Twenty-first ACM International Symposium on Theory, Algorithmic Foundations, and Protocol Design for Mobile Networks and Mobile Computing
LocationVirtuel event
Period01/10/202002/10/2020

Keywords

  • Bitcoin
  • OP_RETURN
  • blockchain
  • distributed ledgers
  • visualization

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