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  •  What if some Merry Band of Pranksters... (2+ / 0-)
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    starts sending messages among themselves of truly random digits (or pseudo-random digits from a good random number generator) which are then encrypted just to drive the NSA decryptors nuts. Presumably you know you have cracked a code if you end up with something intelligible out of it. But suppose if all you ever see are random digits (even if you had cracked the code), would you ever know if you cracked the code or not in the first place? I can just imagine the sophomoric giggles a group of computer science/engineering students at like MIT or CalTech might get while trying this among themselves.

    More seriously, what criteria are used to determine that your encryption cracking worked? And would this juvenile exercise really trick a professional, like at the NSA, into wasting time and money on a worthless encryption cracking wild goose chase to nowhere?

    But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, ... there are few die well that die in a battle; ... Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; — Shakespeare, ‘Henry V’

    by dewtx on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 01:03:02 PM PDT

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