11-year-old selling cryptographically-secure passwords online

Mira Modi, an 11-year-old in grade 6 from New York, has launched her first small business by generating Diceware passphrases by hand.

Arnold Reinhold developed Diceware in 1995 as a method for creating passwords, passphrases, and other cryptographic keys using a six-sided die.

Ars Technica reported that each time an order comes in, Modi rolls the necessary dice (30 in this case) and generates a six-word passphrase from a printed copy of the Diceware word list.

She then writes the corresponding password string on a piece of paper and sends it by postal mail which, Modi reminds customers, the US government can’t open without a search warrant.

No copies of the passwords are stored, and Modi doesn’t use a computer at any point to generate passphrases.

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