Believe it or not, the possession of certain numbers could get you into some serious trouble with the law. Thats got to be the worst answer to the prison icebreaker question what you in for?
Its all to do with data security. The principle of computer encryption is largely based around very large prime numbers. An encrypted file or system is locked with an extremely long number. The keys to access this lockare primes numbers, which equal the lock’snumber if theyre multiplied together. If you dont have access to the keys to open the lock, you need to find the numbers yourself. Since these numbers are so long, with thousands of digits,finding other numbers that produce them takes a very, very long time, even if you’re a supercomputer,hence why it is so secure.
There is one prime number (an extremely long, unspeakable number) that was the source code to unlock the copyrighted protected systems on DVDs. Using this number, you would be ableto duplicate, download, or upload the data on the DVD.Under the 1998 Digital Rights Act, it could thereforebe considered a tool to get around a copyrighted protected system.
Check out this video from Wendoverproductions, which beautifully and simply explains all the ins and outs of this very complicated matter, and even mentionshow finding a very long prime number canmake you a lot of money.