Some Terms and Ideas
- A cryptographer is a person who uses cryptography in an official capacity.
- A cryptanalyst studies encryption, attempting to decode messages.
- Cryptology is the study of encryption and decryption.
- An encryption algorithm is breakable when given enough time and data an analyst can determine the algorithm.
- Most cipher systems are breakable given infinite time and money
- And creative thinkers can often reduce the search space.
- Ie start with a reasonable assumption.
- The difficulty of breaking a cipher is called the work factor.
- The idea is to have the work factor cost more than the value of the data the cipher system is protecting.
- They point out that there are no rules in breaking codes.
- Prove your cops, break this