Computational Complexity and other fun stuff in math and computer science from Lance Fortnow and Bill Gasarch
Thursday, January 23, 2003
Breaking Real-World Locks with Cryptography
Just in case you thought computer scientists only deal with computers, here is a New York Times article describing how AT&T researcher Matt Blaze using tools of cryptography to open locks that use a master key. Blaze has been in the news often in the past, usually for breaking various cryptographic schemes. It is neat to see the same ideas used to break mechanical locks.