Record encryption puzzle cracked

    Date13 Apr 2000
    CategoryCryptography
    3824
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    An encryption method widely expected to secure next-generation wireless phones and other devices succumbed to a brute-force collaborative effort to break it, a French research agency announced Thursday. An international team of researchers — led by crypto researcher Robert . . .
    An encryption method widely expected to secure next-generation wireless phones and other devices succumbed to a brute-force collaborative effort to break it, a French research agency announced Thursday. An international team of researchers — led by crypto researcher Robert Hurley of the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control, or INRIA — and other computer enthusiasts found the 108-bit key to a scrambled message after four months of number crunching by 9,500 computers worldwide.

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