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The reason NIST chose one algorithm out of the five AES finalists, even though all of them were pretty well-respected (and some were, at the time, considered likely to be more secure then Rijndael) is because NIST is a standards body, and the whole point of the AES project was to find a standard algorithm. The issue with approving lots of algorithms is that ...


Twofish and Serpent do not have any published non theoretical successful attacks (resulting in a complete break) so at this point in time they are considered secure. AES was chosen because the people making the decisions at NIST felt it made the best decisions (as far as the Rijndael spec goes) of making trade offs between security, speed, computing ...

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