Presentation Title

Elliptic Curves: How The National Security Agency Hacked Our E-mail

Presenter Information

Kegan Landfair

Mentor

Joseph Witkowski

Location

David F. Putnam Science Center - 127

Abstract

Elliptic Curves will be explored from a mathematical perspective as well as from a cryptographic perspective, where they have important applications to modern information security. We will address what elliptic curves are, explore integer and rational solutions to elliptic curves, and explain how the National Security Agency hacked our e-mail. A computer program written in Octave will be used throughout to elucidate these concepts.

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Apr 11th, 9:10 AM Apr 11th, 10:10 AM

Elliptic Curves: How The National Security Agency Hacked Our E-mail

David F. Putnam Science Center - 127

Elliptic Curves will be explored from a mathematical perspective as well as from a cryptographic perspective, where they have important applications to modern information security. We will address what elliptic curves are, explore integer and rational solutions to elliptic curves, and explain how the National Security Agency hacked our e-mail. A computer program written in Octave will be used throughout to elucidate these concepts.