Today’s selection of articles:
- “A programmer solved a 20-year-old, forgotten crypto puzzle“, by Daniel Oberhaus (Wired, 2019-04-29). The article weaves a story around “A programmer uses specialized software to turbocharge a brute-force computation”. The “crypto puzzle” is LCS35 (descriptions by Wikipedia and the author Ronald L. Rivest; Rivest’s description, in particular, is quite clear). Rivest predicted his puzzle would take 35 years to solve. Fabrot solved it in 3.5 years. MIT’s Cryptophage group expects to solve it in 2 months (0.17 years).
- “RSA encryption cracked by careless implementation“, by Make James (I Programmer, 2019-01-18). This article cites William Kuszmaul’s blog post on Algorithm Soup.