Public encryption keys are no longer secure

    Date27 Mar 2002
    CategoryCryptography
    3035
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Keys used for the vast majority of encryption systems - including ecommerce - are no longer secure. A paper by Daniel Bernstein, an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has shown that it is possible to build a . . . Keys used for the vast majority of encryption systems - including ecommerce - are no longer secure. A paper by Daniel Bernstein, an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has shown that it is possible to build a computer that could break the vast majority of encryption keys in minutes.

    Most publicly-used encryption technology, such as that used in secure web traffic, logon accounts for servers, Internet protocol (IP) traffic, Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) encryption and signed emails, relies on "keys" - very large numbers - one of which is privately held and one which is available to the public

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