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Why is AES resistant to known-plaintext attacks?

At least it's my understanding that AES isn't affected by known-plaintext. Is it immune to such an attack, or just resistant? Does this vary for chosen-plaintext?
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Differences between industrial and military cryptography

Industrial and military cryptography should follow the same basic rules, but what does make them different is: Higher key length, protocols unknown to the civilian world, and perhaps unique methods ...
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Dropbox Password security

Dropbox have recently published How Dropbox securely stores your passwords Is this really more secure than using bcrypt with a complexity of 11 or 12 ? The password "chain" is secure as its weakest ...
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How long would it take to brute force an AES-128 key?

How long would it take to crack a AES-128 key using the most advanced technology currently available? The hardware can be anything, be it a high-performance CPU, GPU or even FPGA?
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Does SHA-1024 hash exist?

Does SHA-1024 cryptographic hash function exist similarly to SHA-512? If not, what's the reason for that? Links: SHA-2 at Wikipedia SHA-3 at Wikipedia
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Is password-based AES encryption secure at all?

For a few years I have put all my passwords in a text file and encrypted that file with a password using a software solution (Axcrypt) which uses AES-128. The password is not really strong, but I ...
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How is the quality of a password calculated and what does it mean?

While using Keepass and using it to generate random passwords, I always have noticed the "quality" section but truthfully have never known what it actually means. So my questions are; How much ...
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Twofish vs. Serpent vs. AES (or a combo)

I've seen some posts and info online, but they are from 2009, 2010, 2011 or 2012, which is 3-6 years ago, which is a very long time. So I'm looking for an up-to-date answer about which of these is the ...
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Calculate all possible keys for AES 128 encryption to exploit hardware encryption

Some background: I am using the MicroChip ATAES132a for hardware encryption/decryption. The ATAES132a is very configurable and can be misconfigured in such a way that the encryption/decryption will be ...
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What is the most secure ECC Curve?

I have for a while used Koblitz curve (sect571k1), in ECDH and ECDSA. But I have started wonder if it is the most secure. I prefer security over efficiency. So the curve doesn't have to be the most ...
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Suppose I capture encrypted data that I want to decrypt. Could I use a server farm to decrypt?

For argument's sake, let's say that I'm a bad actor who produces malware. I've infected around 10,000 computers and smartphones with my malware, which runs in the background and can be used to make ...
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1 Billion Bit Encryption?

So, browsing through YouTube, I stumbled on this video interview of John Draper (Captain Crunch), one of the first "hackers". He talks for about 3 minutes (until 27:48) about his home rolled ...
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Is SHA-256 safe and difficult to crack? [duplicate]

I am trying to crack a SHA-256 hash but I am not sure how to approach this in an efficient way. The following is known of the original non-hashed content: 64 characters long only consists 0-9 and a-z ...
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Why are NIST curves still used?

I'm relatively new to the world of crypto (But as far as the math goes, I am familiar with the inner workings. I used to rarely use it for privacy, but now I use it for many things). Anyway, I was ...
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What's the point and use of 512-bit-style elliptic curves?

There is a plethora of elliptic curves that are close to the 256-bit security level (i.e., fields and groups of approximately 512 bits). Examples are Curve448, P-521, Brainpool-P512. The standard ...
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