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LinuxSecurity.com Speaks With AES Winner

Oct 25, 2000, 19:50 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Wreski)

[ Thanks to Chris Pallack for this link. ]

"In this interview Vincent Rijmen talks about the development of the Rijndael algorithm, his selection as the NIST algorithm of choice for AES, thoughts on Linux and security, and the future of Internet security."

"Rijndael takes its name from its creators' last names, and beat out finalists including those from IBM, RSA, Counterpane, and the Serpent algorithm developed by a group of European cryptographers. AES will soon replace DES as the standard algorithm for encrypting sensitive data. It has been reported that even a machine capable of breaking the old DES standard in a second would take some 149 trillion years to crack the proposed AES's lowest level of security."

"LinuxSecurity.com: Can you describe your background? What did you first do when you discovered your algorithm was selected?"

"Vincent Rijmen: I am an electronics engineer. I have a PhD in applied sciences. The NIST press release site has my bio."

"When the phone call from NIST came, I told my wife and my collegues and we went out for a drink."

"Like so many young boys, I was fascinated by computers. And then I happened to study at the university K.U.Leuven, which happened to have one of Europe's leading research groups in cryptography and I got the opportunity to get a scholarship there... It all happened without really considering all the consequences on my `career path'."

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