NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) finally selected five candidates out of 64 submissions for their cryptography competition. The aim is, to find a new hash algorithm which will be resistant cryptanalysis methods and technologies used today. The finalists are allowed to make minor modifications to their algorithms until January 16th. After that date, there will be another full year of public review. Cryptographic researchers have the opportunity to do indepth analysis of all algorithms. I was very glad to see, that the BLAKE algorithm has been selected as a finalist too. Hopp Schwiiz! 🙂
Author: André Gasser
InfoSec Guy, Coder, Maker, Hacker. Opinions are my own.