No crisis over 1,024-bit encryption

Thursday, 2 May 2002, 4:41 PM EST

Security firm RSA has hit back at cryptography experts' claims that 1,024-bit encryption is no longer secure.

A discussion on security mailing list Bugtraq at the end of March concluded that 1,024-bit encryption was "compromised", but RSA is now claiming that the situation has been misinterpreted.

At the Financial Cryptography conference in March the main topic of discussion was a paper published last October by cryptographer Dan Bernstein which proposed an architecture capable of factoring 1,024-bit RSA keys.

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