Hash Functions Cracked

March 15, 2005


Internet security takes a hit with encryption technique flaw - Mar. 15, 2005: "The technique, called a 'hash function,' has been commonly used by Web site operators to scramble online transmissions containing credit-card information, Social Security numbers and other personal information.

Hash functions were thought to be impenetrable, but a team of researchers in China found that this encryption method was not as resistant to hackers than previously thought, according to the report."