Code Poetry
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by catid posted (>30 days ago) 2:01pm Wed. Jul 17th 2013 PDT
This is a very exciting development from my favorite rockstar cryptogenius/codeguru D. J. Bernstein:

http://binary.cr.yp.to/mcbits-20130616.pdf

He's been working on this on the backburner for years now and finally made some breakthroughs.  He's releasing software in August (around the 20th for a conference).

Why is this exciting?

Well right now we're using RSA for SSL on the web (HTTPS).  And some "early adopters" are using ECC.  Like Apple is using D. J. Bernstein's Curve25519 library to sign the apps we write.

However, both ECC and RSA can be cracked by sufficiently advanced quantum computers.  And Google and the NSA etc have had access to working quantum computers for years.  So pretty soon all our web security will be worthless if it isn't already...

Our government is using a commercial product (and has been for at least 3 years now) called NTRU which is a code-base public key software package, which is of course similarly strong against quantum computers.  Patented etc to make it impossible for us normal people to use.

DJB, by releasing -the world's first- open-source, constant-time, code-based public key library is really shifting the balance and has probably literally saved the day just in time.

And that's why he's my hero.
last edit by catid edited (>30 days ago) 2:02pm Wed. Jul 17th 2013 PDT