Another study shows how to crack encryption

February 26, 2008

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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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