15 amazing tech feats and world records

Not to be outdone by athletes at this summer's Olympic games, techies have been setting some world records of their own of late.

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Hack that

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A 278-digit-long (923-bit) key seems pretty secure, right? Maybe not. Researchers initially thought it would take thousands of years to crack the code, but alas Japanese researchers set a world record in June by cracking the encryption key in 148.2 days. They used 21 computers with a total of 252 cores to conduct the cryptanalysis, which included a range of search algorithm optimization and parallel programming techniques.

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