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    yes, or some Korean Techie. Jeez, those guys are smart. And if your Korean and your on here, you totally rock!

    Originally posted here by Syini666
    Has any security system or encryption ever remained secure after the parent company issues such a challenge to the world? It seems every time someone makes a statement like this, it is invariably proven wrong in a few months or years. I wonder what MIT student will pull it off?

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    To all other posters who didn't seem to understand the previous posting on the same subject in this thread:

    - It's not about *whether* you can crack it, but crack it sufficiently quickly for anyone to care. If cracking some key takes 6 months on a government supercomputer, they won't be able to justify its use to crack any key (unless it belongs to Mr. Bin Laden himself and was used to encrypt something which definitely contains a list of 10,000 Al Qaeda members)
    - The time scales even with government supercomputers for cracking these things by brute force make it pointless.

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    On another note, if a government (Say the UK government for the sake of argument) *DID* discover a fundamental weakness in the algorithm that allowed the key to be quickly broken, it would *DEFINITELY NOT* tell anyone about it, much less attempt to claim the prize.

    Those boys in GCHQ would keep it to themselves and quietly intercept everyone else's military traffic - whilst ensuring that their own could not be broken by the same method (That's if they're not too busy eavesdropping on the Secretary General of the UN http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3488548.stm )

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    People don't need to crack code like this and never have done. But in a comp seems like summin gd to look at and not to get in duke for it.
    Who am i to question your motive?

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    Days, months, years, it's only a matter of time. The ONLY unbreakable code is the one that hasn't been written yet.

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    Every code is mathematically possible. The only unbreakable code is one that brute force can't decipher. Which we go back to our first theory.

    On a side note, if this code cannot be desciphered by Brute Force. Cryptography will no longer exist...

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    - Digital Fortress - 14.95 (book cover)
    * "The NSA is being held hostage-not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released would cripple U.S. intelligence."

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    Digital Fortress is a good book (written by Dan Brown, author of the Da Vinci Code

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    Re: "Code that can't be cracked" -- Toronto Star, January 19th 2004

    Originally posted here by MsMittens
    Well, so they claim. If you do crack it, you get a cool $1 Million CDN and a job. Full Article here



    So, think you're up to the challenge?
    You cannot generate true random numbers on a computer system. Point is, any type of algorithm you will ever devise will always be crackable.
    Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

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    These people might have a chance if they decided to take on this project: http://www.distributed.net
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