[FoRK] crypto

Gary Stock gstock at nexcerpt.com
Fri Sep 20 16:17:14 PDT 2019

Schneier ramped up last week:

   "Crown Sterling is complete and utter snake oil."


...and doubled down today:

   "Is anyone taking this company seriously anymore?"


Both comment threads are chock full of brutal "assessing" ;-)


Gary Stock


   gstock at nexcerpt.com

On Fri, Sep 20, 2019 at 7:05 PM Gregory Alan Bolcer <greg at bolcer.org> wrote:

> Need some help assessing....
> Greg
> https://finance.yahoo.com/news/crown-sterling-decrypts-rsa-asymmetric-130000324.html
> Crown Sterling Also Announces Completion of New White Paper: “Novel
> Geometric Methods for Semiprime Factorization”
> Crown Sterling, an emerging digital cryptography firm, today announced
> that yesterday at approximately 5:15 p.m. Pacific Time, the company
> conducted a live demonstration and decrypted two RSA asymmetric public
> keys at a public gathering at Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach,
> California. Crown Sterling hosted the event with 100+ academics and
> business professionals in attendance, where Crown Sterling Computer
> Scientists decrypted two 256-bit asymmetric public keys in approximately
> 50 seconds from a standard laptop computer. Crown Sterling also
> announced the consistent decryption of 512-bit asymmetric public key in
> as little as five hours also using standard computing. The video of the
> decryption demonstration can be found here:
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEVJrQEVd0I&t=5s.
> Crown Sterling also announced the completion of a new white paper to be
> submitted for peer review, “Novel Geometric Methods for Semiprime
> Factorization,” co-authored by Robert Edward Grant, Co-Founder and CEO,
> Crown Sterling, and Talal Ghannam PhD., Physicist and Number Theorist.
> The paper includes four different geometric and arithmetic methods for
> public key (semiprime) factorization and one of the methods titled, “The
> Reciprocal Factoring Method” includes an analysis of reciprocal values
> of public keys and their embedded private keys (prime factors) found
> within their period decimal extensions.
> “Today’s decryptions demonstrate the vulnerabilities associated with the
> current encryption paradigm,” said Grant. “We have clearly demonstrated
> the problem which also extends to larger keys.”
> In March of 2019, Grant identified the first Infinite Prime Number
> prediction pattern where the discovery was published on www.arXiv.org
> titled: “Accurate and Infinite Prime Number Prediction from Novel
> Quasi-Prime Analytical Methodology.” The paper was also co-authored by
> Ghannam.
> Crown Sterling is an emerging digital cryptography firm based in Newport
> Beach, California. For more information on Crown Sterling, please visit
> www.crownsterling.io.
> View source version on businesswire.com:
> https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190920005182/en/
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