Elliptic Curve Cryptography

Monday, February 18, 2013 at 1:00pm to 1:45pm

Bronfman Science Center, 106 18 Hoxsey St, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA

Elliptic Curve CryptographyAlexander Greaves-Tunnell '13
Mathematics and Statistics Department Colloquium

Abstract: In 2009 the National Security Agency advised its partners to consider "the elliptic curve alternative" as they looked to upgrade their security systems from first generation technologies such as RSA and Diffie-Hellman. In this talk, we will give a brief introduction to elliptic curves over finite fields, discuss how they can be used to build fast and secure public-key cryptosystems, and finally explore one such implementation through a well-known attack on Microsoft's DRM scheme for audio file encryption.

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