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Quick Takes: RSA throws down crypto challenge

Michael S. Mimoso, Editorial Director

RSA offers crypto factoring challenge

RSA Security has announced its latest RSA Factoring Challenge contest, offering a $200,000 prize to anyone who can crack the code for a 2,048-bit key and $10,000 for a 576-bit key by determining the two prime numbers used to generate a "challenge" number. RSA has used its Factoring Challenges over the last 10 years to collect factoring results from worldwide contributors. RSA public key cryptosystems users can also use the findings to determine the appropriate key lengths necessary to maintain organizational security, RSA said. "The RSA Factoring Challenge has historically proven to be an excellent venue for researchers from all over the world to offer valuable and insightful contributions to the security industry's current body of knowledge," said Burt Kaliski, chief scientist at RSA Laboratories. "The cash prizes offered are intended as modest rewards for some of the hard work that goes into coordinating the resources and effort required to surmount some of the very difficult technical barriers encountered in factoring large integers."

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