crypt·​anal·​y·​sis | \ ˌkrip-tə-ˈna-lə-səs How to pronounce cryptanalysis (audio) \

Definition of cryptanalysis

1 : the solving of cryptograms or cryptographic systems
2 : the theory of solving cryptograms or cryptographic systems : the art of devising methods for cryptanalysis

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Other Words from cryptanalysis

cryptanalytic \ ˌkrip-​ˌta-​nə-​ˈli-​tik How to pronounce cryptanalysis (audio) \ or less commonly cryptanalytical \ ˌkrip-​ˌta-​nə-​ˈli-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce cryptanalysis (audio) \ adjective

Examples of cryptanalysis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Thunderspy: What it is, why it’s not scary, and what to do about it," 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, "The ByteCode Alliance wants to bring binary apps into your browser," 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, "Snake oil or genius? Crown Sterling tells its side of Black Hat controversy," 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, "Why We Need to Start Building Monuments to Groundbreaking Women," 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, "The groundbreaking female naval cryptographer who helped change the course of World War II.," 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, "Alan Turing’s Extraordinary, Tragically Short Life: A Timeline," 18 June 2012

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First Known Use of cryptanalysis

1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cryptanalysis

crypt- + analysis

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“Cryptanalysis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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