from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A text in encrypted form, as opposed to the plaintext.

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  • noun Encoded text, text that is unreadable.


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  • Decryption of the ciphertext is the inverse of the encryption steps, using the same symmetric key used for encryption.

    TechNewsWorld Barry K. Shelton 2010

  • "This is called ciphertext and requires a ciphertext decoder to uncode it and return it back to a readable format."

    Latest Articles 2010

  • The result of the process is encrypted information (in cryptography, referred to as ciphertext).

    LXer Linux News Caitlyn Martin, Chris Smart and Ladislav Bodnar 2009

  • 3 Useless Encryptions A ciphertext is a term with the encrypt operator at its root.

    Recently Uploaded Slideshows techdude 2010

  • The result of the State after the final AES round is "ciphertext," which bears no resemblance to the plaintext.

    TechNewsWorld Barry K. Shelton 2010

  • Unlike traditional encryption methods where the encrypted data or "ciphertext" is stored in databases and applications throughout the enterprise, tokenization substitutes a token-or surrogate value-in place of the original data.

    Help Net Security - News 2009

  • All entries (the 'ciphertext' property in a "Weave Basic Object") in that engine are encrypted with the symmetric key that was generated for it.

    Across the Stars 2009

  • Well, by “trivial” I mean “trivial when someone else has already written a really solid algorithm for brute-forcing a ciphertext with a probability-weighted wordlist, and you can just use their code.”

    Solution to the Fringe Glyph Cipher 2009

  • The “someone” in this case is UC Irvine computer science prof David Eppstein, whose program and dictionary made short work of the string I gave it despite several errors in that ciphertext.

    Solution to the Fringe Glyph Cipher 2009

  • You'd look up Einstein's public key and apply it to the scrambled ciphertext.



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