Hashing exploit threatens digital security

Thursday, 16 June 2005, 3:12 AM EST

Cryptographers have found a way to snip a digital signature from one document and attach it to a fraudulent document without invalidating the signature and giving the fraud away.

The development means that attackers could potentially forge legal documents, load certified software with bogus code, or turn a digitally-signed letter of recommendation into one that authorises access to private information.

By Celeste Biever at New Scientist.

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