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NY Times: Researchers Demonstrate Computer Code Can Be Broken

Aug 28, 1999, 04:31 (4 Talkback[s])
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"An international team of researchers demonstrated this week that it was possible to break the security codes commonly used to protect financial transactions over the Internet.

"While the seven-month effort required a significant amount of computing power -- involving 292 computers at 11 sites in six countries -- it showed that the standard level of encryption for Internet transactions, known as 512-bit encryption, was not secure."

"I don't think this means that overnight, Web sites will be attacked, but we need to make the transfer to a larger key size."

"... The 512-bit system has become the standard because, with some exceptions, it is the most secure encryption allowed for export."

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