plain·​text | \ ˈplān-ˌtekst How to pronounce plaintext (audio) \

Definition of plaintext

: the intelligible form of an encrypted text or of its elements — compare ciphertext

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Recent Examples on the Web Without the plaintext, the decryption attack won't work. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Hackers can eavesdrop on mobile calls with $7,000 worth of equipment," 13 Aug. 2020 Even worse, Nintendo emails the user the new password in plaintext. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Nintendo isn’t saying, so here’s how to fend off the account hijacking spree," 22 Apr. 2020 The researchers explained: Given a pair of correct and faulty ciphertext on the same plaintext, this attack is able to recover the full 128-bit AES key with a computational complexity of only 232+256 encryptions on average. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Intel’s SGX coughs up crypto keys when scientists tweak CPU voltage," 10 Dec. 2019 But there were at least five plaintext passwords that remained out of reach. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Forum cracks the vintage passwords of Ken Thompson and other Unix pioneers," 10 Oct. 2019 Even in the event that the website breach leaks passwords in plaintext, the password manager ensures that only a single account is compromised. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Password-exposing bug purged from LastPass extensions," 16 Sep. 2019 As if that wasn’t bad enough, the devices transmitted all data in plaintext using commands that were easy to reverse engineer. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "600,000 GPS trackers for people and pets are using 123456 as a password," 5 Sep. 2019 The company must encrypt passwords and regularly check if any passwords are stored in plaintext. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Here are the details of the FTC's $5 billion settlement with Facebook," 24 July 2019 Another potential method might make small changes to the plaintext to call it to leak to a server. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Decade-old Efail attack can decrypt previously obtained encrypted emails," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of plaintext

1918, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of plaintext was in 1918

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29 Aug 2020

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“Plaintext.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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