[Cryptography] Stupid movie encryption scenes

Howard Chu hyc at symas.com
Wed Dec 11 08:06:22 EST 2019

Phillip Hallam-Baker wrote:
> Watching Agents of Shield, I noted a scene which combined most of the stupid hollywood 'encryption' tropes.

> * Nonsensical graphics, particularly of the 'finding parts of the password individually' type as if encryption works like a safe.

The Crypt-breakers Workbench, released back in the 1980s, worked incrementally like this. You could enter guesses for
individual characters of the key, and it would show you how much of a particular piece of data was "successfully"
decrypted with the given portion of the key.

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