[Cryptography] Crypto and rustling
dave at horsfall.org
Fri Nov 18 16:14:06 EST 2016
I've just started reading "Robbery Under Arms" (a story about
cattle/horse/sheep rustling in Australia), and given the recent thread
about how Enigma could be improved using only technology available at the
time), a thought occurred to me:
How would an owner design a brand that could not be altered, and how could
a rustler get around it? For example, the owner would not use a single
letter (a circle for example could be branded around it), and would not
use letters that could be altered (such as F -> E, L -> E, O -> Q, T -> I,
etc), whereas a rustler would have to find a compliant blacksmith.
In crypto terms, it should be infeasible to turn one brand into another.
Dave Horsfall DTM (VK2KFU) "Those who don't understand security will suffer."
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