CRYPTO is a common abbreviation for the Annual International Cryptology Conference, one of the largest in cryptography, organised by the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR). It is held yearly in August in Santa Barbara, California at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
The first CRYPTO was held in 1981. It was the first major conference on cryptology, and was all the more important because relations between government, industry and academia were rather tense. Encryption was considered a very sensitive subject and the coming together of delegates from different countries was unheard-of at the time. The initiative for the formation of the IACR came during CRYPTO '82, and CRYPTO '83 was the first IACR sponsored conference.
The latest CRYPTO, CRYPTO 2005, featured progress in cryptanalysis of SHA1. The first break of that algorithm, announced in February, was published here, and a faster attack was announced at the informal "rump session", putting practical collision searches of SHA1 barely within the horizon of what is currently feasible.
- See also: COMSEC