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923-bit encryption – cracked

My documents online are safe with a 923-bit encryption.

Think again- Japan says.

A team of researchers from Fujitsu Laboratories and Kyushu University, in Japan were able to crack 923-bit encryption in just over 148 days. The team successfully cracked the 278 digit, 932-bit code, which was thought to be nearly impossible and created a new world record. The past record holder was a team from NICT Hakodate Future University, which cracked a 204 digit code in a shorter period of time.

In cryptography, encryption is the process of transforming information (referred to as plaintext) using an algorithm (called a cipher) to make it unreadable to anyone except those possessing special knowledge, usually referred to as a key. Encryption has long been used by military and governments to facilitate secret communication. It is now commonly used in protecting information within many kinds of civilian systems. Encryption is the basis of digital signatures.

India needs to take a note from  this news and re-think about raising encryption level. In India there is no dedicated Encryption Laws. India currently allows an encryption standard of 40-bit (a decade old standard) and there is proposal since 2009 to increase the encryption strength to 128 bits, which is also very basic. It is important to know that even Opera and Firefox uses 256-bit encryption, Chrome uses 128-bit encryption, Gmail and Skype uses 256-bit encryption.

(Source: fixmypcfree.com, Wikipedia, cjnewsind.blogspot.in)

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