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NY Times: Researchers Demonstrate Computer Code Can Be Broken

Aug 28, 1999, 04:31 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sara Robinson)

"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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