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Comment: The author lost me at MD5 (Score 1) 375

by LordNite (#36517424) Attached to: Might iCloud Be a Musical Honeypot?

From the article:
"MD5 hash values are a cornerstone of computer forensics and fully accepted as evidence that two files are identical copies of each other. You could claim that you didn’t download the song from the file sharing network because you were the one who uploaded it, but I doubt that will help your legal predicament."

The MD5 hash has been known insecure since at least 2005. See: http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2005/06/more_md5_collis.html. I seriously doubt any computer forensics expert in 2011 would use MD5 hashes as evidence that two files are identical.

It seems intuitively obvious to me, which means that it might be wrong. -- Chris Torek

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