Notre Dame Math Whiz Cracks Certicom Code Contest

    Date07 Nov 2002
    CategoryCryptography
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    And you thought you had tough math homework? Consider the work that went into cracking a secret code developed by Toronto-based Certicom Corp., which makes wireless encryption software. . . And you thought you had tough math homework? Consider the work that went into cracking a secret code developed by Toronto-based Certicom Corp., which makes wireless encryption software.

    It took the power of 10,000 computers running around the clock for 549 days, coupled with the brain power of a mathematician at Indiana's University of Notre Dame, to complete one of the world's largest single math computations.

    Certicom had challenged scientists, mathematicians, cryptographers and hackers to try to break one of the encryption codes the firm uses to protect digital data.

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