New "Unbreakable" Encryption

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Jan 8, 2011
New “Unbreakable” Encryption Is Inspired By Your Insides

A new form of encryption promising to be "highly resistant to conventional methods of attack" could make our digital lives more secure—and it's all inspired by the way our heart and lungs coordinate their rhythms by passing information between each other.

Researchers from the University of Lancaster, UK, were working to understand the complex interactions between heart and lungs, and created complex software models to simulate their communication. Then, they realized the same model could be used to encrypt data. Tomislav Stankovski, one of the researchers, explains:

"[It's] radically different from any earlier procedure. Inspired by the time-varying nature of the cardio-respiratory coupling functions recently discovered in humans, we propose a new encryption scheme that is highly resistant to conventional methods of attack."

The researchers say that it works by encrypting data signals using the time variations between two independent coupling functions. If that makes little sense, think about it this way: your heart and lungs operate as independent units, but also pass each other information back and forth to help each regulate the other. The information only makes sense in the context of what is happening at both ends.​

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