Daily Show transcript

I’m impressed that The Daily Show got someone who actually knows about cryptography to help with their script tonight. Most shows would string together a bunch of random Star Trek jargon words… Extract from Ed Helms talking to John Stewart about digital voting systems: Ed: Fortunately today’s e-voting systems support a robust cryptography architecture, using DES keys in CBC mode with a random initialization vector. Now, I know what you’re thinking… “Ed, the CBC encrypt uses a zero seed number so keys could be recovered by parallel processors running a virtual network protocol in a trivially short timeframe.