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Re: Re: [Glug-nith-discuss] Keysigning

From: Vijay Kumar Mateti
Subject: Re: Re: [Glug-nith-discuss] Keysigning
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 23:35:47 +0530

> Obviously RSA is not the only public key algorithm. The first public
> key algorithm was the 'knapsack' algorithm which was designed by
> Merkle and Hellman. The algorithm's information Ralph Merkle was sure
> enough that his algo could not be broken. So he offered a 100$ reward
> to anyone who could break it. Adi Shamir ( the S in RSA ) broke the
> algo and took the reward.Again, Merkle strengthened his algorithm and
> offered 1000$ to anyone who could break the modified one. Then it was
> the turn of Ronald Rivest (the R in RSA) who broke it and took the
> reward.Merkle did not dare to offer 10000$ for the next version so
> Leaonard Adleman (the A in RSA) was out of luck. 

This is quite interesting story.

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