Creator: Dr. Kerry McKay
License: Creative Commons: Attribution, Share-Alike
Class Prerequisites: Understanding Cryptology: Core Concepts. Also, a basic understanding of algebra is sufficient - the mathematical principles that are necessary for understanding are included in the lecture. Knowledge of programming is also necessary, and knowledge of python is very helpful.
Lab Requirements: Python 2.7 with IDLE, course exercise code
Class Textbook: “Modern Cryptanalysis: Advanced Code Breaking” by Swenson (ISBN 978-0470135938)
Recommended Class Duration: 2-3 days
Creator Available to Teach In-Person Classes: No
A class for those who want to stop learning about building cryptographic systems and want to attack them. This course is a mixture of lecture designed to introduce students to a variety of code-breaking techniques and python labs to solidify those concepts. Unlike its sister class, Core Concepts, math is necessary for this topic. Don't have a math degree? A basic understanding of algebra is sufficient - the mathematical principles that are necessary for understanding are included in the lecture. Knowledge of programming is also necessary, and knowledge of python is very helpful. The class covers:
* Intro to attacks using human-computable crypto
* Number theory and abstract algebra primer
* Factoring attacks
* Attacks on RSA
* Discrete logarithm attacks
* Symmetric system constructs
* Generic attacks
* Linear cryptanalysis
* Differential cryptanalysis
* Integral cryptanalysis on reduced AES
Author Biography: Kerry doesn't like talking about herself, but she does love crypto. She has a doctorate in computer science from GWU, where she was a Scholarship for Service (aka CyberCorps) student, and a BS and MS in computer science from WPI.
06-10-2013 - Initial class content upload
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