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Crucial Cipher Flawed, Cryptographers Claim

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Science  27 Sep 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5590, pp. 2193
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5590.2193

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Two cryptographers say that the new Advanced Encryption Standard, a cryptographic algorithm that is supposed to make documents unintelligible to prying eyes for the foreseeable future, has a hole in it. Although some of their colleagues doubt the validity of their analysis, the cryptographic community is on edge, wondering whether the new cipher can withstand a future assault.

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