quote: This is one of those things that really can go on forever. There will always be some dude selling the latest "crack-proof" software, then there will always be the guy that breaks it. You're only actually buying very small window of safety. 148.2 days, in this case. Pretty cool. And scary.
quote: So we are talking about public key algorithms (like RSA, ...).
quote: ... on that note, some people were (are?) fans of PGP, which uses that type of keys...
quote: PGP encryption uses a serial combination of hashing, data compression, symmetric-key cryptography, and, finally, public-key cryptography; each step uses one of several supported algorithms.
quote: It doesn't really say which algorithm was broken ...
quote: Researchers who worked with pair-based cryptography have in the past expressed confidence that 900+ bit cryptograms would take hundreds of thousands of years to crack. But Fujitsu, et al. achieved the feat in a mere 148.2 days -- less than half a year -- running on a 21-computer cluster with 252 cores.