In today's digital age of conducting large portions of daily life over the Internet, privacy in communication is challenged extremely frequently and confidential information has become a valuable commodity. Even with the use of commonly employed encryption practices, private information is often revealed to attackers. This issue motivates the discussion of cryptology, the study of confidential transmissions over insecure channels, which is divided into two branches of cryptography and cryptanalysis. In this presentation, we will first develop a foundation to understand cryptography and send confidential transmissions among mutual parties. Next, we will provide an expository analysis of elliptic curves and then utilize them to strengthen our cryptographic methods. Finally, we will discuss cryptanalytic attacks against our confidential transmissions and ultimately detail how to best choose elliptic curves that are cryptographically robust.
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