You may recall the recent instance where Phuctor schweizered SecLab@TUBerlin1, an event that was then discreetely unhappened under the pretense that supposedly something marked as "Signing key" was merely an (unmarked) exercise, intended as a target for kids to practice their factoring skills. Anyone except Putin2 finds this explanation supremely convincing, especially because it is very common for training exercises to spuriously come in the exact form and markings of live munitions, but with convenient indication of which items to pick as part of the exercise (the factorable ones being conveniently placed last in an enumeration labelled "2006", "2007", "2008", "2009", "2010", "2011", "2012", "2013", "2014", "2015" and "2016"). Only terrorists would use the opposite approach, where effort is directed instead towards marking training exercises for distinction from the real McCoy and towards not telegraphing the correct choice.
Less than two weeks later which is to say about an hour ago, lost among a continuing shower of cheap VPS hosters, home routers etcetera…
deedbot phuctor.nosuchlabs.com/gpgkey/A2BC32C93E2CCD68BD6B50936177E24EFB482DB894713D1D9193F41CEA2AB7B1 << Recent Phuctorings – Phuctored: 1307…6977 divides RSA Moduli belonging to '18.104.22.168 (ssh-rsa key from 22.214.171.124 (services.euclides.nl. NL)).
You may perhaps be excused if you don't know who Euclides Automatisering B.V. of 16 Bredestraat 3632 AZ Loenen aan de Vecht is. They do.
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Phuctor reported popping keys 6EF3D2C0BA64734A3C0425B21EB0CAA26FE81A7C and EFD9448A5FE501B107C32AD15AB4C1237924BE94 at 20:32:51 GMT yesterday.
The shared factor is
which appears to be a prime number.
The exponent and other metadata associated with the keys seem intact. Apparently the modules in question belong to the 2016 and 2015 signing keys of an entity identifying itself as "firstname.lastname@example.org", which in the biosphere maps to TU Berlin (Technische Universitat Berlin)'s "Institut Fur Softwaretechnick und Theoretische Informatik"'s IT Security Lab, an entity with long running connections to the BND (Germany's version of the NSA) as well as a substantial trail of published CompSec papers.
The keys had been submitted that same day at 13:50:45.642313 via the self-serve web interface, and were factored immediately thereafter because of the shared factor.
Peace in our time.
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PS the pubkey is here for your amusement :
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