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768-bit RSA Encryption Cracked

Category: General News
Posted: 09:17AM

Encryption is used by many to protect their data, but as technology increases in power it may not be as secure as you think. Most encryption schemes use large numbers that are easy to calculate if you know their two prime factors. However, without that knowledge, brute force attacks and extensive CPU time are necessary to break the encryption. Researchers have used a cluster to crack an encryption key for 768-bit RSA encryption. The calculations would have taken a 2.2GHz Opteron processor 1,500 years. The data obtained was 5TB in size. Casual users should still be safe, as the only organizations with these kinds of resources likely have bigger issues to worry about.

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CowKing on January 9, 2010 09:41AM
dang it, now how am i supposed to protect my Pr0n now?
Pilliy on January 9, 2010 07:08PM
We're all doomed. Terrorists clearly have the funding for an Opteron. Sometime after 3510 the world is going to be taken over with their hacked information!

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