PMC Ciphers code breaking challenge of a 32 bit key remained uncracked

PMC Ciphers code breaking challenge of a 32 bit key remained uncracked. The winner would have received 41.304g pure gold.
(PresseBox) (Bradford, Munich, Schoeffengrund, ) The PMC Ciphers challenge to break a short key with only 32 bit in size remained uncracked – and a 41.3g pure gold prize went unclaimed.

The challenge started on January 11, 2012 and ended on February 12, 2012. The task was to crack the passphrase of a an encrypted video file. The links to the video file, as well as to the C++ source code of a program that tries all possible key combinations with time, are readily available at for free and anonymously.

"I'm very pleased to announce that even a key as short as 32 bit for a Polymorphic Cipher has proved to remain uncracked in a public challenge. This shows clearly that the safety margin of our ground-breaking technology is unique in the industry. The exact number of possible key combinations was only 3.724.605.612, which corresponds with approximately half of the total number of human beings on this planet. A standard cipher like AES would have protected the information less than one hour", says C.B. Roellgen from PMC Ciphers.

The keyphrase was: Y5sdQa

Everybody who is interested now can easily decrypt the video and watch it. All the information that is required is available on the home page of PMC Ciphers (

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D-81673 Munich
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