‘Keccak’ Tapped at Next Generation Hash Algorithm

It just seems like yesterday we were all talking about Schneier’s hope that NIST choose “no award” for the 5-year SHA-3 competition however it looks like they didn’t heed his advice. This morning NIST formally announced Keccak as the winner of the SHA-3 competition.

via GovInfoSecurity.com

IT security professionals at the National Institute of Standards and Technology work deliberately, taking years to revise intricate information security guidance or choosing the next generation of cryptographic hash algorithm.

Nearly five years after announcing a competition to develop a new cryptographic hash algorithm, NIST announced a winner on Oct. 2: Keccak (pronounced catch-ack), which was created by Guido Bertoni, Joan Daemen and Gilles Van Assche of STMicroelectronics and Michaël Peeters of NXP Semiconductors, both major European semiconductor companies.

NIST says the European team defeated 63 other submissions, and will become the Institute’s SHA-3 hash algorithm. In 2007, NIST security experts thought SHA-2, the standard secure hash algorithm, might be threatened, so it sought a new one through the competition.

Continued here.

Updated 10/3 @ 10:30: Here’s a few other articles on this topic.

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5 comments for “‘Keccak’ Tapped at Next Generation Hash Algorithm

  1. October 3, 2012 at 8:58 am

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  2. October 3, 2012 at 9:48 am

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  3. October 3, 2012 at 10:09 am

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  4. October 3, 2012 at 10:40 am

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  5. October 3, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    BLOGGED: ‘Keccak’ Tapped at Next Generation Hash Algorithm http://t.co/OvAp1xQe //Not related to MD4 .. is that good or bad?

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