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Adi Shamir visa snub: US govt slammed after the S in RSA blocked from his own RSA conf

DavCrav Silver badge

Correction to popular myth about RSA

It wasn't invented by R, S and A. It was invented a few years earlier by Cliff Cocks, a British mathematician working for GCHQ. He was told about the (at the time unimplemented) idea of asymmetric encryption and literally overnight came up with the same algorithm, but he couldn't write anything down because he wasn't in the building. R, S and A merely rediscovered the process.

Adi Shamir has done enough things that were definitely his without using as an example something he didn't really invent.

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