PKI IS BROKEN
While working at one of the world’s largest IoT organizations, one of our biggest customers’ devices all went offline around the world. The IoT servers were functioning, the devices themselves were fine, but we found that a certificate stored on the devices had expired, leading the devices to believe that they could not trust the servers, and so they stopped communicating. The solution? Trick the devices into believing the time was in the past, allowing a patch to be supplied OTA to update the certificates. From this, we realized that most of the world’s IoT devices had a vulnerability related to their inability to securely acquire time - if we could trick the devices for good purposes, how many more devices could be tricked for bad ones?
The Problem of Time
The “Problem of Time” was a difficult one to solve - a valid knowledge of time is assumed in the system of Public Key Infrastructure that secures today’s Internet. It was a chicken-and-egg - if you don’t know the time, you can’t securely communicate. But, if you can’t securely communicate, you can’t trust the time you’re given. We solved the Problem of Time - we developed a way to leverage the Nakamoto Consensus, famously implemented by Bitcoin, to securely bootstrap time. This was a fundamental and exciting discovery! We named the algorithm that implemented the technology “BlockQuick.”
Decentralizing the Blockchain
The Birth of the Diode Network
The Future of the Internet
Today, the Diode Network is more secure than today’s Internet, and completely removes core problems/abuses caused by services centralization and social engineering exploits. It is a leading candidate to underpin the future of Web3 communications, and provides a practical path out of the increasingly snarled mess that is today’s Web2 Internet infrastructure.
The ramifications of these innovations are exciting and will change the face of the Internet! Join us to Upgrade the Internet!