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SHA-1 Broken

Interesting: SHA-1 encryption has been broken. SHA-1 is a key component to many cryptographic protocols (PGP, SSH, cryptography used for online shopping, e.g.). At this point, it's not really something to be worried about because it takes very large resources to break it, but we all know that computers are constantly improving, so what looks like large resources now will be considered small resources in the future. Expect work to be done to improve the underlying algorithms.

Thanks to Beginners' Guide to Cryptography (begin_crypto) for pointing it out and providing links to additional information about the matter.

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drmellow
Feb. 21st, 2005 03:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the ellaboration. I tend to not catch things on /. unless someone points it out to me.... Cryptography is pretty interesting to me, but I just don't have time to really devote myself to learning all the ends and outs.
bodnej
Feb. 22nd, 2005 12:12 am (UTC)
If you are interested, you might want to pick up "The Code Book" by Simon Singh. It's the history of cryptography, and enough of the math to help you understand the concepts. Well written and very interesting...

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0385495323/104-9621413-7289534

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