Developed by Xuejia Lai and James Massey in 1992. A block cipher, IDEA operates on 64-bit blocks with a 128-bit key and is considered to be very secure. IDEA is used by Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), a very secure public key encryption application for MS-DOS, UNIX, and VAX/VMS. Originally written by Philip Zimmermann, PGP was later improved by Hal Finney, Branko Lankester, and Peter Gutmann.
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