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Serious Cryptography: A Practical Introduction to Modern Encryption (edition 2017)

by Jean-Philippe Aumasson (Author)

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Serious Cryptographyis the much anticipated review of modern cryptography by cryptographer JP Aumasson. This is a book for readers who want to understand how cryptography works in today's world. The book is suitable for a wide audience, yet is filled with mathematical concepts and meaty discussions of how the various cryptographic mechanisms work. Chapters cover the notion of secure encryption, randomness, block ciphers and ciphers, hash functions and message authentication codes, public-key crypto including RSA, Diffie-Hellman, and elliptic curves, as well as TLS and post-quantum cryptography. Numerous code examples and real use cases throughout will help practitioners to understand the core concepts behind modern cryptography, as well as how to choose the best algorithm or protocol and ask the right questions of vendors. Aumasson discusses core concepts like computational security and forward secrecy, as well as strengths and limitations of cryptographic functionalities related to authentication, integrity, or random number generation. Readers also learn how to avoid common mistakes with implementations, thanks to a section in every chapter that discuss what could go wrong, including horror stories and examples of failures in real applications.… (more)
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Google does not really need to crack encryption!

If you are using a Google search engine or a Chrome Browser, the information may not be tagged to you individually, but the global use is factored in for you within some narrow range of locales and your averaged usage of sites and buying patterns are known sufficient to the purposes of Google. Why bother with encryption matters if they are only interested in ads revenue?

Google knows where you are if you use an Android Phone. Every time you see how many bars you have and whether your service is 3G, 4G or 5G, know that Google uses the data to tell where your phone may be from the part of the cellular chip working with the main CPU. [The bars and the signal type is a second chip that tells your carrier (TMN, Vodafone, NOS, ATT, Sprint, T Mobile, Verizon, Orange or other) where you are but is not actually Google's tracking.]

Add to this the 'Hey Google' smart speaker which can listen into your talking perhaps, which knows your queries made and purchases or listening pattern, your Next Thermostat and your home security based on Ring. Google is contributing to a good part of your life, perhaps even in your motor vehicle.

When Google puts some number on us, perhaps it can become 'A Great Benefactor' to us, but that is pushing things a bit too far, I suspect.

Nonetheless, Google has intruded itself so far into our lives as to make violation of encryption nearly meaningless. The amount of data collected on you by Google can likely fill a few MB daily and some GB every few weeks even without the other violations.

Cryptocurrencies are worried about quantum computing, unravelling the block calculations and effectively doing a 50%+ node attack which deletes transactions and/or creates a new fork of the blockchain. This will be probably the litmus test / proof of quantum computing. ( )
  antao | Sep 24, 2020 |
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Serious Cryptographyis the much anticipated review of modern cryptography by cryptographer JP Aumasson. This is a book for readers who want to understand how cryptography works in today's world. The book is suitable for a wide audience, yet is filled with mathematical concepts and meaty discussions of how the various cryptographic mechanisms work. Chapters cover the notion of secure encryption, randomness, block ciphers and ciphers, hash functions and message authentication codes, public-key crypto including RSA, Diffie-Hellman, and elliptic curves, as well as TLS and post-quantum cryptography. Numerous code examples and real use cases throughout will help practitioners to understand the core concepts behind modern cryptography, as well as how to choose the best algorithm or protocol and ask the right questions of vendors. Aumasson discusses core concepts like computational security and forward secrecy, as well as strengths and limitations of cryptographic functionalities related to authentication, integrity, or random number generation. Readers also learn how to avoid common mistakes with implementations, thanks to a section in every chapter that discuss what could go wrong, including horror stories and examples of failures in real applications.

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