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Date: 12/23/13 02:39 PM

7 Responses to Cracking Crypto – NSA Provided The Lock, Has Key

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    llaa Male 30-39
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    December 23, 2013 at 2:39 pm
    Link: Cracking Crypto - NSA Provided The Lock, Has Key - Explanation Of Clock / Modular Arthimetic
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    Nickel2 Male 50-59
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    December 23, 2013 at 4:47 pm
    Explain this to me, I understand.
    One second later, I have forgotten.
    I am not a dullard by any means, but the people who do this level of mathematics are 1000 feet over the top of my head.
    One company I worked for, (30 years ago), employed a chap called Doctor Henry Becker. Really nice bloke, brain the size of a planet. No common sense though; one day he drove to work with the car sunroof open when it was raining. He spent the morning walking about the place with a dark/damp patch on the seat of his trousers.
    The sun-roof remained open during the course of the day, the seat got wetter, then he drove home with the sun-roof open.
    That to me is what genius is all about.
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    Nickel2 Male 50-59
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    December 23, 2013 at 4:53 pm
    Just had a look to see what happened to him. Took me ages, I spelled his name wrong: It`s Henry Beker.
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    llaa Male 30-39
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    December 23, 2013 at 7:33 pm
    Wow, sounds like an Aspy type of mindset. Obssesive on a subject to a point where there is a disregard for typical normal task the average person would perform. Or maybe the rain drops on his head and wet pants were an idea for new crypto? I wonder what that Beker fella is doing nowadays, from searching it looks like he wrote a book on cryptocurrency algorithms, my guess is he must of word for banks on atms.

    I knew a guy that did that kind of work, he would hangout and talk with me and the boys waiting for the subway trains, boring older fellow but had a genuine smile listening to us horse around.
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    Draculya Male 40-49
    14625 posts
    December 23, 2013 at 8:15 pm
    Aw sh it, I saw this coming.

    In simple English:

    It is an equation with three inputs P, Q and Seed.

    If you know the relationship between inputs P & Q then you only need to guess the third number, the Seed. Seeing as the seed is limited in size by modular arithmetic, then what you have is a clever thing; a lock that looks strong but isn`t if you were the one who designed it.

    In short, you have a lock that`s hard for people to crack, unless you already have a set of master keys, or which there are a limited number.

    In case you think you`re safe, the plain vanilla versions of AES, IDEA, and RC4 all have this backdoor.

    What programs use this? Virtually all financial, communications and privacy-related crypto software.
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    December 23, 2013 at 8:16 pm
    BTW, the master keys are not the numbers P & Q themselves, but the relationship between them, cryptographically speaking. Because they are so mathematically difficult to crack, he`s saying they were made from the backdoor. i.e. the security was designed around the backdoor itself.
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    December 23, 2013 at 8:23 pm
    BTW, do you know what happens as bitcoin generation advances? We will end up with lots and lots of surplus bargain basement supercomputers in private hands designed for codebreaking.

    Setec astroNoMy

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