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Snake oil cryptography is a term coined by Bruce Schneier to describe products that make fantastic claims about security through cryptography.

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What is the mainstream cryptography?

I am always hearing the term "mainstream cryptography", I am looking forward to more clarification on this concept. What I the mainstream cryptography? Is its definition subjective? Is ...
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What's the truth about this "absolutely unbreakable" cipher?

A story appeared on Forbes today claiming that we now have an absolutely unbreakable cipher. It cites a paper published in Nature Communications. However, I'm skeptical: But what if there were a ...
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What is the efficiency of the new Crown Sterling semiprime factoring method?

In their press release a company called Crown Sterling describes they are working a paper that includes four different geometric and arithmetic methods for public key (semiprime) factorization and ...
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Has SHA256 been broken by Treadwell Stanton DuPont?

In a recent press release issued by Treadwell Stanton DuPont, the claim is made that their research laboratories have successfully broken all 64 rounds of the SHA256 hashing algorithm. They further ...
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Cryptography behind the Turing Imitation Key (TIK)

When browsing the internet I found out about this amazing phone. Well, it would be amazing if it was actually obtainable. It's called the Turing Phone, and it is supposed to come with as good as ...
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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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How is CipherCloud doing homomorphic encryption?

Much of the literature and latest papers suggest that homomorphic encryption is still not practical yet. How is CipherCloud able to achieve this? Does anyone have an idea? Their website does not ...
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