de·​crypt | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈkript How to pronounce decrypt (audio) \
decrypted; decrypting; decrypts

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decryption \ (ˌ)dē-​ˈkrip-​shən How to pronounce decryption (audio) \ noun

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decrypting the Germans' code was one of the Allies' greatest triumphs
Recent Examples on the Web While the malware did not manage to break WhatsApp’s own encryption, the hack was able to access to the text messages and other communications after they were decrypted on the devices. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, "Facebook has accused an Israeli tech firm of hacking WhatsApp to spy on activists, journalists," 30 Oct. 2019 The sheriff’s Orange County Communications Division oversees emergency radio traffic on the 800 MHz Countywide Coordinated Communications System, and its employees are tasked with decrypting firefighters’ radios. Daniel Langhorne, Daily Pilot, "Decrypting O.C. firefighter radios so the public can listen is taking longer than expected," 10 Oct. 2019 The hackers will then demand a ransom be paid out in order to have the files decrypted. Allen Kim, CNN, "In the last 10 months, 140 local governments, police stations and hospitals have been held hostage by ransomware attacks," 8 Oct. 2019 When someone else uses the public key to encrypt a message, only the person in possession of the private key can decrypt it. Quanta Magazine, "A Tricky Path to Quantum-Safe Encryption," 8 Sep. 2015 Secure digital messaging, voice communications, video conferencing, and even chats could be intercepted and decrypted for its intelligence value. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "To Prevent Cyber Snooping, the U.S. Navy Is Relying on WWII-Era Communications," 16 Aug. 2019 Knowing what the prime numbers were would allow someone to discover the key, and decrypt the messages encoded with them. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Snake oil or genius? Crown Sterling tells its side of Black Hat controversy," 29 Aug. 2019 But at the DefCon security conference in Las Vegas on Saturday, researchers from the BlackBerry are presenting an attack that can intercept GSM calls as they're transmitted over the air and decrypt them to listen back to what was said. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Hackers Could Decrypt Your GSM Phone Calls," 10 Aug. 2019 The malware doesn't break the underlying encryption, but these programs still decrypt data on the sender and receiver's devices. Wired, "Mysterious iOS Attack Changes Everything We Know About iPhone Hacking," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of decrypt

1935, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for decrypt

de- + -crypt (in cryptanalysis, cryptogram), perhaps after decipher

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