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November 04, 2002

Is Internet Encryption Doomed

In the how-cool-math-has-real-implications, an Indian mathematician in August solved one of the blockbuster problems of mathematics-- how to determine if any number, howere large, is a prime number.

The problem is that encryption is based on the intractability of dealing with large prime numbers, so many worry that the next step will be, as this article indicates, the ability to break Internet encryption.

Just something to worry about as you hand your credit card over the Internet :)

Posted by Nathan at November 4, 2002 10:02 AM

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