Rohas Nagpal @ Work

Blockchain architect (Primechain), co-founder (Asian School of Cyber Laws), public speaker, author (18 books & whitepapers), retired hacker & cyber crime investigator.

My work

    I started my professional life as a hacker in the early 1990s - in the age of SCO UNIX and Windows 3.0.

    In 1999, I co-founded Asian School of Cyber Laws and moved into the super exciting field of cyber law and cyber crime investigation. I have had the privilege of assisting the Government of India in framing draft rules and regulations under the Information Technology Act.

    My work has taken me to 18 countries and I have investigated cyber crimes & data breaches for hundreds of organisations across many sectors - aerospace, banking, defence, law & tax enforcement, IT, manufacturing, media, medical, pharmaceuticals, shipping, trading, transportation.

    I led the team that developed Collaborative Online Investigation Network (COIN) and the ASCL Volatile Evidence Retrieval Tool (Vertool) for quick evidence retrieval from Windows computers.

    I developed an interest in virtual currencies in 2011 while investigating a case of organized criminals using bitcoin. Since 2015, I have been working extensively in the blockchain / distributed ledger technology domain.

    In 2016, I co-founded Primechain Technologies Pvt. Ltd., a blockchain startup with the mission of "building blockchains for a better world".

    I have authored 18 books & whitepapers, I manage the Global Cyber Law Database and Blockchain Security Controls and I maintain the Blockchain Blog on

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Press mentions


    I have filed for a provisional US patent titled "Transparent self-managing Know Your Customer (KYC) program using blockchain and smart contracts".

    My document on Man-in-the-middle attacks has been cited in patent US 8677466 B1 titled Verification of digital certificates used for encrypted computer communications (filed 2010).

Some of my publications

  • "Cyber Crime and corporate liability" published by Wolter Kluwers.

  • "Commentary on the Information Technology Act", published by Asian School of Cyber Laws.

  • "Cyber Crime Investigation Manual", published by Asian School of Cyber Laws. This has been referred to as a "bible for cyber crime investigators" by Times of India – the world’s largest selling English newspaper.

  • "Cyber Crime & Digital Evidence" published by Asian School of Cyber Laws. This book was provided to the delegates of the National Consultation meeting on Enforcement of Cyber Law held at New Delhi on 31st January 2010. This meeting was organized by National Project Committee on Enforcement of Cyber Law (Supreme Court of India) in association with Cyber Appellate Tribunal, Ministry of Communication & Information Technology, Department of Information Technology, Government of India and National Legal Services Authority (NALSA).

  • Authored several books in digital forensic investigation, technology law and financial law.

  • Internet Time Theft & the Indian Law - white paper prepared for the Corps of Detectives, Karnataka Police, September 2001.

  • Legislative Approach to Digital Signatures - paper presented at the First World Congress on Computer Law organized at Ecuador, Oct, 2001.

  • Legislative Approach to Digital Signatures - paper presented at the International Law Seminar organized by ISIL at New Delhi, in Oct, 2001.

  • Indian Legal position on Cyber Terrorism, Encryption and preventive measures on behalf of the Karnataka Police for Otto Schily, Interior Minister, Federal Republic of Germany (30th October, 2001).

  • Defining Cyber Terrorism - paper submitted at the National Seminar on Human Rights and Terrorism on 9 and 10 March 2002 at Nagpur, India.

  • The mathematics of terror - paper submitted at the National Seminar on Human Rights and Terrorism on 9 and 10 Mar, 2002 at Nagpur, India.

  • Cyber Terrorism in the context of Globalisation - Paper presented at the UGC sponsored National Seminar on “Globalization and Human Rights” held on 7th - 8th September, 2002 at Mumbai, India.

  • Cyber Terrorism - A Global Perspective – Paper presented at the Second World Congress on Informatics and Law held at Madrid, Spain from 23rd - 27th September, 2002.

  • Internet Draft titled Biometric based Digital Signature scheme – which proposes a method of using biometrics to generate keys for use in digital signature creation and verification.

  • Intellectual property law and cyberspace - presented at the seminar on intellectual property rights conducted by the Department of Civics and Politics, University of Mumbai in 2006.

  • Compromis titled "The Case concerning Cyber Terrorism" for the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, 2002 (USA).