Crypto Challenge Had Geeks Scratching Their Heads

    Date08 Jul 2002
    CategoryCryptography
    3488
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    A cryptography challenge run by Cape Town-based Thawte Computing is attracting interest from around the world with entrants from as far as Afghanistan and Barbados struggling to crack the code. . . A cryptography challenge run by Cape Town-based Thawte Computing is attracting interest from around the world with entrants from as far as Afghanistan and Barbados struggling to crack the code posted on its Web site.

    The challenge, primarily a marketing exercise run by the company started by space traveller Mark Shuttleworth, will run until the code has been cracked, says Melanie Reed, Thawte marketing co-ordinator. "They are competing against one another, not the clock."

    Reed says the challenge is quite tough and no one has solved it yet. Thawte will issue clues to the challenge every two weeks until it has been solved.

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