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February 2, 2009

#538: Security


A Crypto nerd’s imagination:

Guy [[Holding Laptop]]: His laptop’s encrypted. Let’s build a million-dollar cluster to crack it.

Other guy: No good! It’s 4096-bit RSA!

Guy: Blast! Our evil plan is foiled!

What would actually happen:

Guy [[Holding money tag and wrench]]: His laptop’s encrypted. Drug him and hit him with this $5 wrench until he tells us the password.

Other guy [[taking the wrench]]: Got it.