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Definitions for cryptanalysis
ˌkrɪp təˈnæl ə sɪscrypt·ana·ly·sis

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cryptanalysis, cryptanalytics, cryptography, cryptologynoun

    the science of analyzing and deciphering codes and ciphers and cryptograms


  1. cryptanalysisnoun

    the science which studies methods to discovering the secret meaning of encrypted messages for which one does not possess the secret decoding information (called the key).

  2. cryptanalysisnoun

    the methods and procedures used to discover the secret meaning hidden in encrypted messages.


  1. cryptanalysisnoun

    The science of analyzing and breaking of codes and ciphers.

  2. cryptanalysisnoun

    An analysis or decrypting of a specific text or a specific code or cipher.


  1. cryptanalysis

    Cryptanalysis is the study and process of analyzing, deciphering or breaking cryptographic systems and codes, typically with the intention of accessing the encrypted information, understanding how the encryption works or finding weaknesses in the encryption method. It is often used in cybersecurity to test the robustness of cryptographic systems, or by hackers attempting to gain unauthorized access to encrypted data.


  1. Cryptanalysis

    Cryptanalysis is the art and science of analyzing information systems in order to study the hidden aspects of the systems. Cryptanalysis is used to breach cryptographic security systems and gain access to the contents of encrypted messages, even if the cryptographic key is unknown. In addition to mathematical analysis of cryptographic algorithms, cryptanalysis also includes the study of side-channel attacks that do not target weaknesses in the cryptographic algorithms themselves, but instead exploit weaknesses in their implementation. Even though the goal has been the same, the methods and techniques of cryptanalysis have changed drastically through the history of cryptography, adapting to increasing cryptographic complexity, ranging from the pen-and-paper methods of the past, through machines like Bombes and Colossus computers at Bletchley Park in World War II, to the mathematically advanced computerized schemes of the present. Methods for breaking modern cryptosystems often involve solving carefully constructed problems in pure mathematics, the best-known being integer factorization.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. cryptanalysis

    The steps and operations performed in converting encrypted messages into plain text without initial knowledge of the key employed in the encryption.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cryptanalysis in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cryptanalysis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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