[FoRK] crypto

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Fri Sep 20 16:18:39 PDT 2019

The takedown was after the blackhat talk.  I'm mostly curious about more 
recently the "what's actually happening in the video" assessment.  Their 
management team is a bunch of financial background execs and not 
hardcore math which is where I thought such a breakthrough would be 


On 9/20/2019 4:10 PM, Ken Meltsner wrote:
> I can't criticize them, but Schneier takes them down:
> https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2019/09/the_doghouse_cr_1.html
> Excerpt:
> ...
> Crown Sterling is complete and utter snake oil. The company sells
> "TIME AI," "the world's first dynamic 'non-factor' based quantum AI
> encryption software," "utilizing multi-dimensional encryption
> technology, including time, music's infinite variability, artificial
> intelligence, and most notably mathematical constancies to generate
> entangled key pairs." Those sentence fragments tick three of my
> snake-oil warning signs -- from 1999! -- right there: pseudo-math
> gobbledygook (warning sign #1), new mathematics (warning sign #2), and
> extreme cluelessness (warning sign #4). ...
> These are different claims, sort of.  Still doesn't instill great confidence.
> Ken
> On Fri, Sep 20, 2019 at 4:06 PM Gregory Alan Bolcer <greg at bolcer.org> wrote:
>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEVJrQEVd0I&t=5s
>> On 9/20/2019 4:02 PM, Gregory Alan Bolcer 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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