Online Casino. MD5 algorithm: on guard of online casinos

MD5 algorithm has been long used to encrypt casino data and provide a high level of security. Although nowadays MD5 is almost extinct, it used to be a reliable guard back in the day.

How MD5 works

One of the primary tasks of the pioneer online casinos was to prove their integrity and transparency to clients rather than provide data safety. A client playing online had to be sure that they were dealing with an honest online casino. MD5 algorithm allowed to solve this task in a most simple and elegant way.

Before the game, an online number generator created a random set of numbers that was sent to a client. But if the client could read the file, they would know which slot combinations would come up or which roulette sectors would win. To prevent a client from knowing the results in advance (otherwise, what would be the sense of gambling?), online casinos encrypted data by using MD5 algorithm.

After the game was over, a client was sent a password that opened the file with pre-determined results. This was how a player made sure that the online casino had played fair. The solution was an immediate success, and players began to build trust to online casinos.

But then it was online casinos’ turn to worry. There were multiple attempts to hack MD5.

But all of them were futile, though. According to may experts, MD5 was quite vulnerable. In theory. But the problem was that it required high computer capacities. Even major research centers – let alone players – lacked such powerful hardware and technologies.

Nonetheless, MD5 algorithm did surrender to computer villains some years later. In the early 2000s, the famous algorithm was revealed to public in all detail. More importantly, it could be launched on almost any personal computer. This was the end of MD5 era. Along with online casinos, it was used by many other platforms for data encryption.

Later, online casinos switched to more reliable and hacking resistant algorithms. New cutting-edge technologies ensured a higher level of data safety.