March 17, 2016

Creators Of Modern Cryptography Win Turing Award


Two cryptographers who "lay the foundation for today’s online security industry" have won the 2016 Turing Award.

The award, which recognises major and important contributions to computing, was given to Whitfield Diffie and Martin E. Hellman for their "critical contributions" to modern cryptography.

Diffie, who is former chief security officer for Sun Microsystems, and Hellman, professor emeritus of electrical engineering at Stanford University, developed the technology to communicate privately over a secure channel. That process is now used by millions of people every day when they use online banking, shop online or send emails. It is also seen by privacy advocates as being under attack by governments who want to unpick its secrets in the name of security.

Alexander Wolf, president of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), said that Diffie and Hellman had done "groundbreaking" work.

"Today, the subject of encryption dominates the media, is viewed as a matter of national security, impacts government-private sector relations, and attracts billions of dollars in research and development," he said in a statement
By Emily Reynolds

With many thanks to Wired UK

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