Solved Math Problem Threatens Ecommerce

Posted on September 11, 2004

Mathematicians could be on the verge of a breakthough that could threaten ecommerce itself. According to the Guardian if the Riemann hypothesis is solved then "financial disaster might follow. Suddenly all cryptic codes could be breakable. No internet transaction would be safe." A Reimann hypothesis could explain the link between prime numbers like 13 and 37 that are divisible only by the prime number itself 1. Internet cryptography is based on prime numbers.

Source: Wired

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