The winner would have received 41.304g pure gold
Bradford, Munich, Schoeffengrund, 12.02.2012The PMC Ciphers challenge to break a short key with only 32 bit in size remained uncracked – and a 41.3g pure gold prize went unclaimed.
The challenge started on January 11, 2012 and ended on February 12, 2012. The task was to crack the passphrase of a an encrypted video file. The links to the video file, as well as to the C++ source code of a program that tries all possible key combinations with time, are readily available at pmc-ciphers.com for free and anonymously.
"I'm very pleased to announce that even a key as short as 32 bit for a Polymorphic Cipher has proved to remain uncracked in a public challenge. This shows clearly that the safety margin of our ground-breaking technology is unique in the industry. The exact number of possible key combinations was only 3.724.605.612, which corresponds with approximately half of the total number of human beings on this planet. A standard cipher like AES would have protected the information less than one hour", says C.B. Roellgen from PMC Ciphers.
The keyphrase was: Y5sdQa
Everybody who is interested now can easily decrypt the video and watch it. All the information that is required is available on the home page of PMC Ciphers (www.pmc-ciphers.com).
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About PMC Ciphers, Inc.
PMC Ciphers is a marketing company for the Polymorphic Cipher invented by co-founder C.B. Roellgen in 1999. The company develops and markets ultra-secure ciphers based on the unique technology of the Polymorphic Cipher. All PMC Ciphers products are created in Germany. Polymorphic encryption technology is applied for encrypting voice and video in the VoIP telephones from Global IP Telecommunications, a leading manufacturer of Voice-over-IP software solutions with powerful autoprovisioning services (www.globaliptel.com).