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In cryptography, ciphertext is the result of the process (known as encryption) of transforming information (referred to as plaintext) using an algorithm (called cipher) to make it unreadable [1] to anyone except those possessing special knowledge, usually referred to as a key. This result is also known as encrypted information. The process to read ciphertext is known as decryption.

References

  1. ^ Hansche, Berti & Hare, Official (ISC)² Guide to the CISSP Exam, Auerbach Publications, p. 379, ISBN 0-8493-1707-X

Further reading

  • Helen Fouché Gaines, “Cryptanalysis”, 1939, Dover. ISBN 0-486-20097-3
  • David Kahn, The Codebreakers - The Story of Secret Writing (ISBN 0-684-83130-9) (1967)
  • Abraham Sinkov, Elementary Cryptanalysis: A Mathematical Approach, Mathematical Association of America, 1966. ISBN 0-88385-622-0

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Simple English

In cryptography, ciphertext refers to the output of the encryption process, the process of transforming information (referred to as plaintext) using an algorithm (called cipher) to make it unreadable to anyone except those who own special information about it, usually referred to as a key.

decryption is the reverse process of encryption, it takes the unreadable ciphertext as an input and makes it readable again in the form of plaintext.


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