Category Archives: Lucifer

Should Unlimited Security be Limited?

When the Data Encryption Standard (DES) was created, the National Security Agency made sure that it was weak enough that they could break it.  The Data Encryption Standard was a result of Horst Feistel’s product, Lucifer.  Lucifer was a machine … Continue reading Continue reading

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Weakening the Lucifer: An Abuse of Power

Not all ciphers are created equal. Some are mathematically simple and easy to crack while others are seemingly secure but impractical to use. Then there are the ciphers that are mathematically secure but watered down to be breakable. The Lucifer … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Lucifer Controversy

My Calculus professor always says, “If you’re trying to dig a small hole in your backyard, you don’t bring in a bulldozer. It’s costly and it’s inefficient. You just take out a shovel and get the job done.” What she … Continue reading Continue reading

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