Eli Biham

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Eli Biham is an Israeli cryptographer and cryptanalyst, currently a professor at the Technion Israeli Institute of Technology Computer Science department. Biham received his Ph.D. for inventing (publicly) Differential Cryptanalysis, while working under Adi Shamir. It had, it turned out, been invented at least twice before. A team at IBM discovered it during their work on DES, and was requested/required to keep their discovery secret by the NSA, who evidently knew about it as well.

Biham was involved in the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) selection process. Together with Ross Anderson and Lars Knudsen he proposed Serpent, a Block Cipher. Serpent was widely viewed as the "runner-up" in the AES competition, behind the eventual winner, Rijndael.

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