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Does advance in mathematics threaten security?

It's always interesting to see what does (and does not) get picked up by the technology press each year after a Black Hat Conference. This work from Alex Stamos of Artemis has not been widely reported, but that's mostly because the threat is not imminent.

Math Advances Raise the Prospect of an Internet Security Crisis | MIT Technology Review:

Alex Stamos, chief technology officer of the online security company Artemis, led a presentation describing how he and three other security researchers studied recent publications from the insular world of academic cryptopgraphy research, which covers trends in attacking common encryption schemes. “Our conclusion is there is a small but definite chance that RSA and classic Diffie-Hellman will not be usable for encryption purposes in four to five years,” said Stamos, referring to the two most commonly used encryption methods.


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