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I love cryptographers


Permalink 17:29:08, by matt Email , 97 words   English (NZ)
Categories: Politics, Technology

I love cryptographers

Link: http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,16204811-1242,00.html

Or are they cryptologists? Either way, they rock.
My hat goes off to those responsible for finding the collision weakness in MD5, and thus rendering it insecure. Hail, conquering heroes.

The next question is, are NZ's speed cameras similarly vulnerable? I'd assume so, since they were introduced here in 1993; the same year that SHA1 - flawed in its first implementation, so revised in 1994 - was conceived. Odds are that our cameras use MD5, or possibly something even older and less secure.

Whoever the person was who came up with this particular defence, they're brilliant or their lawyer is. Bravo.

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