Another study shows how to crack encryption


Following on from last week’s revelations regarding the persistence of encryption keys in computer RAM and potential ways to use this to break the encryption a new alternative method has been revealed by Herrowin University professor, John Bainbridge. The new workaround involves the process of perseveration by which a typed password can remain in a user’s brain for up to 7 seconds. Using special brain freezing technology Bainbridge and his team were able to increase this up to 2 hrs. They were then able to use fMRI (functional magnetic resonance) imaging to extract the password from the user’s brain. Although the team used a special liquid nitrogen helmet to freeze user’s heads they found that vanilla ice cream was just as effective. Bainbridge told us : “It’s difficult but it is possible and becoming increasingly practical, particularly as fMRI equipment and ice cream begin to come down in price. I think we are just going to have to get used to the fact that no encryption is 100% safe.”


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