In Pictures: 15 amazing tech feats and world records

Not to be outdone by athletes at this summer’s Olympic games, techies have been setting some world records of their own of late.

Hack that

A 278-digit-long (923-bit) key seems pretty secure, right? Maybe not. Researchers initially thought it would take thousands of years to crack the code, but alas Japanese researchers set a world record in June by cracking the encryption key in 148.2 days. They used 21 computers with a total of 252 cores to conduct the cryptanalysis, which included a range of search algorithm optimization and parallel programming techniques.

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