Fictional Encryption Code
April 13, 2011 11:46 AM Subscribe
Can you give me an example of what this ridiculously-hard-to-decrypt code might have been?
posted by baronessa to Technology (34 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I came across this article
from 2006 that describes a criminal who encrypted a database in such a way that it would have taken police 400 computers and 12 years to crack the code. I'm working on a writing project now where I want to include a scenario like this, but I have no idea what the parameters of the set-up would be (my background in CS is minimal at best).
I don't need to know how it's done per se (I probably wouldn't understand anyway), but I would like to know what a good example of the code (or codes) might be (are we talking hundred of characters? Millions? Is it randomly generated? ASCII characters? Unicode? Something totally different?
Also, could this sort of thing be done with a flash drive? Any input you can offer would be great.