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+ - 1024-bit RSA encryption closed to being hacked

Submitted by Madas
Madas writes: Scientists are close to cracking 1024-bit RSA encryption. Apparently, a team of researchers working in Europe and Japan have cracked a 307-digit Mersenne number using the special number field sieve method developed by cryptology professor Arjen Lenstra. The scientists think that it will be a cinch to crack 1024-bit RSA encryption using the same method. The security industry shudders!

The solution of this problem is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.

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