Dan Brown - Digital Fortress book

Simon Ward simon at bleah.co.uk
Sat Jan 17 15:40:01 CET 2009

On Wed, Jan 14, 2009 at 10:15:47AM -0500, Charly Avital wrote:
> Some excerpts from: <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Fortress>. I
> believe the following list of Mr. Brown's errors (or delusions) is not
> exclusive, to say the least.
>     * Characters who are supposedly experts in cryptography seem to
> think there is no such thing as an unbreakable encryption scheme. See
> one-time pad."

Perfect secrecy doesn’t really mean unbreakable in practice.  Sure, a
one‐time pad itself is considered “unbreakable”, but you still need to
solve key exchange and hope your pseudo‐random numbers are
cryptographically secure.

A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a
simple system that works.—John Gall
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