How to explain block cipher cryptanalysis to your kids

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We tackle the problem of explaining the basic concepts of block cipher cryptanalysis to the general non-specialist, and even to kids! The amateur cryptanalyst is often overwhelmed with the idea of cryptanalysis, in particular with how and why it works. Hence, it is hoped that this work will provide a clearer understanding of what cryptanalysis is and unveil the mystery behind it.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-158
Number of pages11
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Block ciphers
  • Cryptanalysis
  • Differential cryptanalysis
  • Distinguishing attacks
  • Key-recovery
  • Linear cryptanalysis

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