Maths holy grail could bring disaster for internet

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Tombstone
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Maths holy grail could bring disaster for internet

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Two of the seven million dollar challenges that have baffled for more than a century may be close to being solved

Mathematicians could be on the verge of solving two separate million dollar problems. If they are right - still a big if - and somebody really has cracked the so-called Riemann hypothesis, financial disaster might follow. Suddenly all cryptic codes could be breakable. No internet transaction would be safe.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story ... 28,00.html
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Maths holy grail could bring disaster for internet

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high end mathematics is amazing, mind-boggling stuff.

still, i'm not going to start keeping my money under the mattress due to this. i think they are rather overstating the hazard as it applies to online transactions.
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