Around IT in 256 seconds

#43: Public-key cryptography: math invention that revolutionized the Internet

June 08, 2021 | 3 Minute Read

Disclaimer: this podcast is not about cryptocurrencies. I despise them. Instead, we’ll talk about asymmetric encryption. One of the most wonderful math discoveries of the 20th century. Before 1970s all cryptographic algorithms were symmetric. This means that the same key must be used to encrypt and decrypt data. That sounds rather obvious. If you encrypt a file with a password, you must use the same password to decrypt it. But there’s one problem. Imagine Bob wants to e-mail an encrypted file to Alice. Sadly, Eve can read all communication between Alice and Bob. File was encrypted, so no worries? Well, it’s not only encrypted, but also worthless. Alice doesn’t have a password. And how is Bob suppose to provide that password if Eve can spy all communication channels?

More materials

Tags: alan-turing, encryption, enigma, pki, rsa

Be the first to listen to new episodes!

To get exclusive content: