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👋 Hi! I'm Nik Bougalis.

What I'm doing

Director, RippleX at Ripple

I am a software engineer and cryptographer. At Ripple, I work on open-source code, mostly around the XRP Ledger. My goal is to build a settlement solution that allows for real-time low-cost international payments over a global network that is open to everyone but is owned by no-one. Check out the rippled GitHub repo, which is the backbone of that effort.

I am also working on something cool at Number8.

What I've done

A lot! I co-founded CodeLaboratories, a successful software and hardware company which makes the DUO3D stereo camera. Over the past twenty years, I have developed just about everything—from shiny user interfaces to low-level kernel drivers. I've worked on servers that handle tens of thousands of users, caching software that accelerates hard drives using SSDs and encrypted distributed storage & backup systems.

My Interests

My interests are diverse. Currently I'm focused on blockchain, cryptography, security, software integrity and protection and secure computing and storage.


You can find me on Twitter as @nbougalis and on StackExchange. My personal webpage is


  1. A library that provides an embeddable, persistent key-value store for fast storage.

    C++ 20.8k 4.7k

  2. Decentralized cryptocurrency blockchain daemon implementing the XRP Ledger in C++

    C++ 3.9k 1.3k

  3. HTTP and WebSocket built on Boost.Asio in C++11

    C++ 3.1k 515

  4. XRP(L) community defined Standards / Drafts & discussions, to be used in platforms, apps, etc.

    JavaScript 60 8

133 contributions in the last year

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Activity overview
Contributed to ripple/rippled, boostorg/beast, XRPLF/xrpl-dev-portal and 4 other repositories

Contribution activity

September 2021

Created 4 commits in 1 repository

Created a pull request in ripple/rippled that received 11 comments

Improve the MITM detection during session establishment:

Even for SSL/TLS encrypted connections, it is possible for a determined attacker to mount certain types of relatively inexpensive MITM attacks that…

+200 −106 11 comments
Opened 2 other pull requests in 1 repository
Reviewed 1 pull request in 1 repository
ripple/rippled 1 pull request
Opened 1 issue in 1 repository

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