12 Facts About Virgil Griffith


Virgil Griffith worked extensively on the Ethereum cryptocurrency platform, designed the Tor2web proxy along with Aaron Swartz, and created the Wikipedia indexing tool WikiScanner.


Virgil Griffith has published papers on artificial life and integrated information theory.


Virgil Griffith was born in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up in nearby Tuscaloosa.


Virgil Griffith graduated from the Alabama School of Math and Science in 2002, and then attended the University of Alabama, studying cognitive science.


Virgil Griffith has been a research scientist at the Ethereum Foundation since 2016.


At the time of his arrest in 2019, Virgil Griffith was a resident of Singapore and was allegedly investigating the possibility of renouncing his US citizenship.


Virgil Griffith has given talks at the hacker conferences Interz0ne, PhreakNIC, and HOPE.

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In 2008, together with Aaron Swartz, Virgil Griffith designed the Tor2web proxy.


On Ethereum, Virgil Griffith writes Ethereum "is an unprecedented arena for playing cooperative games", and "enables powerful economic vehicles we don't yet understand", by bringing cooperative game theory into new domains.


On November 28,2019, Virgil Griffith was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for providing "highly technical information to North Korea, knowing that this information could be used to help North Korea launder money and evade sanctions".


On September 28,2021, Virgil Griffith pleaded guilty at a hearing in which he expressed remorse.


Virgil Griffith was sentenced on April 12,2022, to 63 months in prison, with 10 months already considered time served from his pre-trial detention.