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Factoring: An attack on RSA encryption

by

Kathryn Lesh
Union College

November 12, 2003
4:30 pm
Bailey Hall 100


Abstract:

The RSA public-key encryption algorithm provides the security for much of the data transmission in today's electronic society, including financial transactions over the web. The security of RSA depends on the difficulty of factoring large integers, and thus has given new impetus to the study of the factoring problem. In this talk, I will discuss the quadratic sieve factoring algorithm, which is a beautiful and simple method invented by Carl Pomerance in the early eighties.


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