In news of a year well read in cryptospeak, the New York Times is reporting that a team of researchers has figured out the secret to making secure, complete crypto-systems using real-world scientific terms: Homomorphic Encryption. The paper explains that through the process of fusing different computing languages and technologies, the researchers can write “numerous cryptographic computations” in practically any machine language – including machine-readable and machine-written web languages, but also real-world applications ranging from speech recognition to canal parsing. All heterogeneous programs running on a single computer can each access their own portion of the secret, and thereby become the secret itself. In short, that secret, for now, is the secret itself.
The big fear among cryptography professionals – and it exists because the digital world is driven by us in effect eavesdropping on everything that happens around us – is that no matter how deeply a system is encrypted (or decrypted) your digital records, not to mention your bank accounts, will always be at risk.
But here’s the “hot chocolate in the dark,” so to speak: there is now a known algorithm for writing successfully cryptically complex algorithms.
In simpler words, no longer will we have to worry about eating our own cookies – at least, not if we want to keep our bank accounts, our phone bills, and much of our online history safe.