Cryptographers of CWI and Radboud win prize for New Hope algorithm

Aug

13

2016

Cryptographers CWI and Radboud University have won together with researchers from the Turkish Ege University and Germany’s Infineon the “Internet defense ‘price for New Hope algorithm. The price and $ 100,000 were awarded to the Usenix conference.

The price is a collaboration between Facebook and Usenix, and was created in 2014 to distinguish researchers with “a working prototype making a significant contribution to the security of the internet ‘, so let know Facebook. This year’s prize was awarded to the cryptographers behind the New Hope algorithm which TLS should remain safe in the time of quantum computers. With their research they have made ​​gains speed and simultaneously improve security, says Facebook.

The New Hope algorithm recently by Google tested with connections in the Chrome browser. The company wants to test the new key exchange run about two years. Two other finalists were in the running for the prize. So the researchers were behind the discovery of the Drown attack on SSLv2 and TLS, the price to pass it by. The scientists behind the recently discovered flaw in the implementation of the RFC 5961 protocol on Linux fell by the wayside.

The winners are Erdem Alkim, Léo Ducas, Thomas Pöppelmann and Peter Schwabe, respectively, from Ege University, CWI, Infineon and Radboud University.

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