Elgamal is one of the few individuals in the world with crypto systems named after them based on their research, in this case, the "ElGamal crypto system" and "ElGamal digital signature," with the spelling of his name into English from the Arabic over the decades undergoing various transliterations, including "El-Gamal."
Over the past few years, SSL has faced a number of attacks to discredit it as vulnerable, but Elgamal points out there's "not a single case of fraud being done because anything was broken in SSL." He said he deems storage and inadequate passwords to be counted among the "weakest links" when it comes to security.
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