[FoRK] crypto

Stephen D. Williams sdw at lig.net
Wed Sep 25 21:57:13 PDT 2019

At the ANA Avatar XPRIZE teams meeting / AI for Good conference (where he was probably from) in Geneva, there was a guy who had a 
'revolutionary' 'quantum computing' method.  He claimed to have it running on his laptop, saying his simulation of the quantum 
computing process for finding keys, implemented using machine learning (!), performed the same as running the quantum key search 
algorithm.  That was a long lunch conversation.  I had to resist the urge to warn people away from him later.

On 9/20/19 4:36 PM, Ken Meltsner wrote:
> He lost me when he said on the video that the math for public/private
> keys hasn't changed since the 1970s.  One of the methods hasn't --
> factoring -- but the first one chosen was dropped  (knapsack problem
> IIRC).  The crypto community discovered that the second problem could
> be solved relatively quickly, and so it was abandoned.  Factoring is
> still used because as far as anyone knows, it's still hard.  He's

Elliptic curve is the newer (newest?) one.

> making an extraordinary claim: factoring is not hard because they have
> a magic algorithm for predicting primes.
> [1] https://nrich.maths.org/2199 for example.
> Here's the real challenge.  Take a well-known public key, e.g. the one
> on the certificate for mail.google.com.  It's only 256 bits (just
> checked) and so, in theory, if their success in factoring is general
> (and not the result of a carefully chosen composite value), they
> should be able to factor it and generate the private key.  Even if
> they have a slightly successful method -- of the public keys from a
> thousand or so of the top web sites, 1% of the private keys can be
> generated -- I'd count that as a significant step forward (and a scary
> one).

Big if.

New crypto (and crypto related math) developments would be cool, but I don't have fun when friends or friends of friends or whoever 
I run into have a 'new, more secure encryption technology'.  All the amateurish concepts and beginner mistakes, not vetted by 
anybody, are tiresome.  I can usually see that and I may be on either side of a DK line on crypto.  Even if someone created a new 
better crypto, it would be difficult to vet that.  Breaking crypto is easier to test, but there are still pitfalls.  Here, perhaps 
they tested pre-selected keys that happened (or were engineered) to use primes within a certain zone.

I find it more interesting to think and work on using crypto and related security features with various characteristics rather than 
creating new fundamental elements.

> Ken


> On Fri, Sep 20, 2019 at 4:21 PM Gregory Alan Bolcer <greg at bolcer.org> wrote:
>> Thank you!
>> On 9/20/2019 4:17 PM, Gary Stock wrote:
>>> Schneier ramped up last week:
>>>      "Crown Sterling is complete and utter snake oil."
>>>      https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2019/09/the_doghouse_cr_1.html
>>> ...and doubled down today:
>>>      "Is anyone taking this company seriously anymore?"
>>>      https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2019/09/crown_sterling_.html
>>> Both comment threads are chock full of brutal "assessing" ;-)
>>> GS
>>> -----------------------------------------------------------
>>> Gary Stock
>>> 269.720.7393
>>>      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/
>>>> --
>>>> greg at bolcer.org, http://bolcer.org, c: +1.714.928.5476
>>>> --
>>>> After 30+ years of email, I have used up my supply of clever .sig material.

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