crypt·​anal·​y·​sis ˌkrip-tə-ˈna-lə-səs How to pronounce cryptanalysis (audio)
: the solving of cryptograms or cryptographic systems
: the theory of solving cryptograms or cryptographic systems : the art of devising methods for cryptanalysis
cryptanalytic adjective
or less commonly cryptanalytical

Examples of cryptanalysis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Using lattice cryptanalysis, the number of login attempts required for the attack can be reduced to 512. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 21 June 2022 Its adept mix of cryptanalysis, reverse engineering, and exploit development punches a major hole in defenses that Thunderbolt creator Intel spent considerable time and resources to erect. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 12 May 2020 WebAssembly proposes to change this, with native support for 64-bit integers, load-and-store offsets, and direct access to CPU instructions frequently used for specific tasks such as cryptanalysis. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, 14 Nov. 2019 There has been a great deal of work in mathematics and cryptanalysis around the RSA algorithm's use of primes. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, 29 Aug. 2019 Apart from the everyday women who broke new ground in the field of cryptanalysis, there are a few women whose absence from our nation’s historical memory is even more egregious. Liza Mundy, Smithsonian, 1 Mar. 2018 Her groundbreaking cryptanalytic work during and before World War II saved countless lives and immeasurably advanced the field of cryptanalysis, or codebreaking, and with it the science of encryption and cybersecurity. Liza Mundy, Slate Magazine, 10 Oct. 2017 Turing was somewhat dismissive of US cryptanalysis, believing the Americans to rely too heavily on machinery instead of thought. Wired Staff, WIRED, 18 June 2012 See More

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Word History


crypt- + analysis

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cryptanalysis was in 1923

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“Cryptanalysis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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