Maths holy grail could bring disaster for internet

Matt Crawford crawdad at
Tue Sep 7 07:29:49 PDT 2004

On Sep 6, 2004, at 21:52, R. A. Hettinga wrote:

> But the proof should give us more understanding of how the
> primes work, and therefore the proof might be translated into something
> that might produce this prime spectrometer. If it does, it will bring 
> the
> whole of e-commerce to its knees, overnight. So there are very big
> implications."

This would be a good thing.  Because to rebuild the infrastructure 
based on symmetric crypto would bring the trusted third party 
(currently the CA) out of the shadows and into the light.

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