Eindhoven researchers crack Internet security of the future

Research workers at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in The Netherlands have managed to crack the alleged McEliece encryption this technique. This system is a nominee for the safety of web traffic in the exact age of the quantum pc – the foreseen strong computer of the future.

The assault succeeded this month by means of a great number of interconnected computers throughout the world, states TU/e professor Tanja Lange. Earlier this year she and her PhD student Christiane Peters, as well as visiting professor Daniel Bernstein (University of Illinois, Chicago), had found a way to speed up strikes against the 30-year old McEliece cryptosystem. Applications that will decrypt a McEliece ciphertext in just 1 week on a clump of 200 computers was written by the investigators.

The app was run recently on several dozen computers in the United States and also Eindhoven, Amsterdam, France, Ireland, Taiwan. A fortunate computer in Ireland discovered the ciphertext.

The researchers stated the McEliece cryptosystem can be scaled to larger sizes that were key to avoid their attacks and remains a a respected candidate for post-quantum cryptography.