Tales from the Crypto World

    Date29 Apr 2004
    CategoryCryptography
    3768
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Paul Kocher, president and chief scientist of Cryptography Research, came to prominence in the industry by breaking things. In 1998, the company cracked security on smart cards by monitoring how much power their internal microprocessors used. Kocher also came up with the software inside Deep Crack, a machine tailored to crack encrypted documents. . . . Paul Kocher, president and chief scientist of Cryptography Research, came to prominence in the industry by breaking things.

    In 1998, the company cracked security on smart cards by monitoring how much power their internal microprocessors used. Kocher also came up with the software inside Deep Crack, a machine tailored to crack encrypted documents.

    Of course, he also fixes things. In the last few years, Kocher has emerged as one of the key technologists for financial companies and studios that are hoping to protect their intellectual property. He recently sat down to discuss the ongoing melodramas surrounding privacy, piracy and stolen information.

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