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Definitions and terminology related to cryptoeconomics, blockchain and distributed ledger technology.
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Cryptographically Secure Pseudo Random Number Generator

A Cryptographically Secure Pseudo Random Number Generator (CSPRNG) is a pseudo-random number generator that is secure enough to use in cryptographic applications. In Bitcoin, a CSPRNG is required as part of the nonce, which is used to create private keys on electronic devices. If the pseudo-random number generator is not cryptographically secure, then the private key is not secure and the Bitcoins can be stolen.