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Daunting Mathematical Puzzle Solved, Enables Unlimited Analysis of Encrypted Data
Scientific Computing ^ | Tue, 12/24/2013 - 10:20am | IBM

Posted on 12/28/2013 10:40:30 AM PST by null and void

ARMONK, NY — IBM inventors have received a patent for a breakthrough data encryption technique that is expected to further data privacy and strengthen cloud computing security.

The patented breakthrough, called "fully homomorphic encryption," could enable deep and unrestricted analysis of encrypted information — intentionally scrambled data — without surrendering confidentiality. IBM's solution has the potential to advance cloud computing privacy and security by enabling vendors to perform computations on client data, such as analyzing sales patterns, without exposing or revealing the original data.

IBM's homomorphic encryption technique solves a daunting mathematical puzzle that confounded scientists since the invention of public-key encryption over 30 years ago.

Invented by IBM cryptography Researcher Craig Gentry, fully homomorphic encryption uses a mathematical object known as an "ideal lattice" that allows people to interact with encrypted data in ways previously considered impossible. The breakthrough facilitates analysis of confidential encrypted data without allowing the user to see the private data, yet it will reveal the same detailed results as if the original data was completely visible.

IBM received U.S. Patent #8,565,435: Efficient implementation of fully homomorphic encryption for the invention, which is expected to help cloud computing clients to make more informed business decisions, without compromising privacy and security.

"Our patented invention has the potential to pave the way for more secure cloud computing services — without having to decrypt or reveal original data," said Craig Gentry, IBM Researcher and co-inventor on the patent. "Fully homomorphic encryption will enable companies to confidently share data and more easily and quickly overcome challenges or take advantage of emerging opportunities."

Following the initial revelation of the homomorphic encryption breakthrough in 2009 Gentry and co-inventor Shai Halevi began testing, refining and pursuing a working implementation of the invention. In 2011, the scientists reported a number of optimizations that advanced their goal of implementing of the scheme. The researchers continue to investigate homomorphic encryption and test its practical applicability.

IBM invests more than $6 billion annually in R&D and consistently explores new approaches to cloud computing that will deliver a competitive advantage to the company and its clients.

For 20 consecutive years, IBM has topped the list of U.S. patent recipients. The company's invention and patent leadership is illustrated at http://ibm.co/11k6fRn.

IBM has a tradition of making major cryptography breakthroughs, such as the design of the Data Encryption Standard (DES); Hash Message Authentication Code (HMAC); the first lattice-based encryption with a rigorous proof-of-security; and numerous other solutions that have helped advance data security.

More information about how IBM inventors are propelling cloud computing innovations is available at http://ibm.co/174A8tS.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: datasecurity; encryption
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To: null and void

The chinese had already stolen this encryption regime before the story was set in type.


21 posted on 12/28/2013 11:52:07 AM PST by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: null and void

In layman’s terms, the patent allows you to keep your data private while using it without having to fully trust the guy who is storing your data.


22 posted on 12/28/2013 12:00:12 PM PST by jz638
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To: RoosterRedux

Ahahhaha well said.


23 posted on 12/28/2013 12:16:54 PM PST by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: 17th Miss Regt

homomorphisms are simply looser isomorphisms as far as their cohort of objects in their particular category are concerned.

Maybe “ideal” has to do with rings of these beasties and what these homomorphisms change into nothingness, or at least the zero of the ring. Oops, the math is beginning to get political.


24 posted on 12/28/2013 12:45:36 PM PST by Blagden Alley
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To: null and void
homomorphic


marvelous

25 posted on 12/28/2013 12:47:55 PM PST by tomkat
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To: Blagden Alley
homomorphisms are simply looser isomorphisms as far as their cohort of objects in their particular category are concerned.

"Loosen" things up and we go from isomorphisms to homomorphisms in a heartbeat. And it does not stop there.

26 posted on 12/28/2013 1:04:41 PM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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To: I want the USA back
From Wikipedia:

A homomorphism is a map that preserves selected structure between two algebraic structures, with the structure to be preserved being given by the naming of the homomorphism. Particular definitions of homomorphism include the following:

Is it clear, now?

27 posted on 12/28/2013 1:13:08 PM PST by gitmo (If your theology doesn't become your biography, what good is it?)
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To: gitmo

I am uncomfortable with “A functor is a homomorphism between two categories.”. Homomorphism preserves some structure, and while categories have object with structure, I’m unclear what they have themselves. (I shouldn’t anthropomorphize, but some categories cute.)

Anyway, one of the developers (Steenrod) called “abstract nonsense”.


28 posted on 12/28/2013 1:37:14 PM PST by Blagden Alley
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To: null and void

brb, grabbing some popcorn.


29 posted on 12/28/2013 1:44:14 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Blagden Alley

So, is it a hate crime to tell a homomorph to get functor?


30 posted on 12/28/2013 2:02:47 PM PST by Colinsky
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To: null and void

Maybe similar methods can be used to derive threat patterns without getting too nosey into the affairs of the citizens.


31 posted on 12/28/2013 2:12:06 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Gene Eric

I was thinking maybe it could be used on radio bursts
from other galaxies, it might not tell us their content
but would possibly indicate intelligence...


32 posted on 12/28/2013 2:15:44 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Colinsky

Only if you call a homomorphism a mother functor.


33 posted on 12/28/2013 2:38:21 PM PST by justrepublican (Screaming a "Vexatious requester" at a Wellstone memorial...........)
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To: mountn man; PJ-Comix
Homomorphic? Are you kidding me? LMAO

Benburch is interested...

34 posted on 12/28/2013 2:45:14 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: null and void
Fully homomorphic encryption

They pulled this invention out of their ass.

35 posted on 12/28/2013 2:45:40 PM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: 17th Miss Regt

Homomorphisms. Homological algebra. Homology groups. Homotheties.

must be another gay agenda


36 posted on 12/28/2013 3:58:35 PM PST by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: null and void
“fully homomorphic encryption”

They are saying the government is going to continue to butt f#ck citizens, but, they are going to wear condoms.

37 posted on 12/28/2013 7:02:10 PM PST by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> called “fully homomorphic encryption,”

Obviously, another insidious part of the homomorphic agenda!

Thanks null and void.

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38 posted on 12/28/2013 8:07:32 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv

homomorphic encryption?


39 posted on 12/29/2013 7:42:02 AM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: null and void
Amazing what these great human minds can do.

The question that I find most mysterious is, What is math?

And how do atheists account for it?

40 posted on 12/29/2013 7:47:25 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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