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Stock post message.svg To-do list for Cryptography: edit·history·watch·refresh· Updated 2019-08-16

  • Give an overview of cryptography standards: at least, what they are and some important examples.
  • Wikilink to a few of the most popular protocols, e.g., Secure Sockets Layer in the "Cryptographic protocols" section.
  • Add a mention of the widespread uses of 'rot13' on Usenet postings and other places in the early computer era, explaining that it is a Caesar substitution with a displacement of 13, so that encryption is the same operation as decryption, and that it was widely used to transmit potentially offensive matter, spoilers, and other things meant not to be understood upon inspection.

"Distinguish between the essential aspects and variations of"Science", "Engineering", "Philosophy", Application" and "Management" of cryptography because the language, contexts and perspectives are complicated and different.. Roy D. Follendore III (talk) 14:15, 16 August 2019 (UTC)

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CryptologyEdit

The article is misleading to the reader in that it confuses cryptography with cryptology (and in fact it suggests that cryptoanalysis is a part of cryptography). I know it's been already discussed zillion times before through the wikipedia history, and different editors have various ideas, possibly there are even some differences in the popular American vs British usage but still it stays confusing. Can we make the distinction clear, based on strong linguistic sources rather than individual editors' opinions ? Similar confusion is common in other languages, still most other wikis have this already properly handled. --Lysytalk 19:00, 24 September 2011 (UTC)

Hence the expression "cryptographic attack" would be an oxymoron. But a quick search on Google scholar shows that the expression can be found in over 500 papers. This clearly indicates that even the experts do not always distinguish between the terms cryptography and cryptology. Wikipedia should merely state how a term is used and not try to correct rsp. redefine it. At the moment the article seems to achieve this reasonably well. 83.79.135.102 (talk) 20:25, 24 September 2011 (UTC)

David Kahn called it 'cryptology'. -- Narnia.Gate7 (talk) 00:02, 10 May 2014 (UTC)

The confusion is not a Wikipedia one, but rather usage in the wider world. This was discussed (here in archived talk) many years ago and a decision made that, for Wikipedia purposes, cryptography rather than cryptology would be used. The question is an arbitrary one, given the sloppy and non0exclusive use of the terms by others, there is no solution. Anyone claiming one is going a bridge too far, in linguistic terms. There was a similar contretemps in re the spelling of cypher (or cipher). Both were accepted for Wikipedia purposes. This is, in some phrasing in the talk then, a tempest in a teapot. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 69.118.211.137 (talk) 17:47, 24 June 2016 (UTC)

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New CipherEdit

Please see the following link for a newly discovered cipher.

http://ctext.org/discuss.pl?if=en&board=4&thread=2610624

W. K. Choy (talk) 17:19, 30 September 2016 (UTC)

A method used by intelligenceEdit

A method used by cyberespionage is the modular variablocks method: "variable length of encryption blocks/cryptoblocks". In this system, we don't codify a standard length of bit-quanta, instead inside the key there is a code of the pattern block-change. It is safer to use a separate key in order to select (algorithmically) a variablock pattern. All users of this encryptive method should know beforehand the algorithms of the variable bit-quanta. Also if we have 30 different sizes of bit-quanta, we need 30 different encryptional vocabularies for the translation (they can be algorithmically related; if they are not related, the system is safer, but you have to use more keys). This system has some problems though. 1. you might have to use two or more keys, 2. if your message has noise you might lose the correct pattern of bit-length-variation, you can protect your message from noise by adding one more layer of anti-noise transcription, but that makes your message longer

If you design it carefully it works just fine, but you have to apply anti-noise encoding, otherwise you might lose track of the variable sections. Remember, variable sections means variable cryptographic dictionary. You must create great algorithms, otherwise it won't work well! It's a very old method, but great (if programmed well)!


simple English: Hell_i|s_empty_a|nd_all_t|he|_dev|i|ls_are_|here. (6-9-8-2-4-1-7-5-etc... modular variablock section, each number of digits per section corresponds to a different cryptodictionary, even the result can be of variable block length, but you then need more keys and more anti-noise layers)
We deliver some key components via different e-mails, some via-different telephones and some face to face at many meetings, also we deliver separately the order of usage. Lazy people deliver one finalized huge key, and everybody reads their messages.
If you rotate the same bit-widths in exact order, infiltrators might be able to find your partition pattern either your message. The whole point is to complicate the order, but that might cause problems to the sender if (s)he's a bad programmer. If you're Japanese it always works!
And the most important thing is that we add meaningless random digits at certain (pseudorandom-dedicated) partitions the algorithm dedicates for randomness. That also might cause some problems. If your noise is thoroughly random, the infringer might understand some bit-width partition sections. We use pseudorandom algorithms, in order the result is "natural". Do it well, or don't do it at all! It saves or betrays you!!! (we know which partitions have pseudorandom digits, and we simply delete these)
Each bit-width corresponds to many different bit-width encoded dictionaries. This method creates huge dictionaries with many languages that have different widths for the same input. You don't have to know all the codes beforehand. Algorithms do it for you. It still remains a big-data option, but it works fine if programmed well. This system has huge hidden entropy. We never repeal the whole pattern of our systemic entropy, because we use many "cryptolanguages" and we only know how we apply each one. And that code doesn't always work. A Russian girl fucks an agent. No crypt-anal-ysis needed.
Before we do that, we encrypt our message with other methods. Always use many layers of different methods of encryption.

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