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Cryptography is all about defending against attacks by intelligent adversaries. What purpose does the tag serve that is not served by the mere use of Crypto.SE as a medium in the first place? Should we delete it?

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  • $\begingroup$ ..... bump ..... $\endgroup$ – Maarten - reinstate Monica Oct 22 at 18:59
  • $\begingroup$ The votes are tied but so far nobody has written a reason why the attack tag is helpful for categorization. $\endgroup$ – Squeamish Ossifrage Oct 23 at 2:49
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We should delete the tag because it is implied by the mere use of Crypto.SE as a medium.

(There are plenty of tags for more specific models of attacks like ; the tag does not serve this purpose.)

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We should keep the tag because…

It seems hard to anticipate all the types of attack, and consequently all the categories that would cover this concept. [Can you please expand on how this is helpful for categorization? For example, which questions doesn't it apply to?]

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  • $\begingroup$ Fun stuff: because an attacker provides a good badge name! $\endgroup$ – kelalaka Sep 28 at 19:23
  • $\begingroup$ I've found 5 questions 1, 2c, 3, 4, 5. c is closed. need processsing. $\endgroup$ – kelalaka Sep 28 at 19:26
  • $\begingroup$ (Continue: Comment restriction reached max) These 5 question has nothing but attack tag. If we close we have to find a proper tag for them. $\endgroup$ – kelalaka Sep 28 at 19:28
  • $\begingroup$ @kelalaka I suggested closing the two that are unclear and tagged the two remaining ones with more appropriate tags. $\endgroup$ – Squeamish Ossifrage Sep 28 at 19:56
  • $\begingroup$ the ... attack vectors... question may need attack vectors $\endgroup$ – kelalaka Sep 28 at 20:01
  • $\begingroup$ @kelalaka What purpose would that serve? The question is an algorithm design question: Is $(x_1, x_2, \dots, x_{k-1}, \hat x, x_{k+1}, \dots, x_n)$ a secure cipher for message $\hat x$, random $x_i$, and secret key $k$? How would a generic attack or attack-vectors tag help to organize it? $\endgroup$ – Squeamish Ossifrage Sep 28 at 20:03
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, it is not related to this question. Information security has an attack-vector tag. info: Attack vectors are methods and channels used by attackers during a hacking attempt. Therefore, we don't need. $\endgroup$ – kelalaka Sep 28 at 20:07

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