Multinational team cracks crypto puzzle

Thursday, 29 April 2004, 4:20 PM EST

The multinational team of eight experts used about 100 workstations to crack the code that won them a $10,000 prize.

The contestants' task was to determine the two prime numbers that have been used to generate eight "challenge" numbers, which are central to RSA’s 576-bit encryption code.

RSA's contest is designed to help test the robustness of the lengthy algorithms used for electronic security. The competition is intended to encourage research into computational number theory and the practical difficulty of factoring large integers.

By CNET News.com Staff.

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