Obfuscation  

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"In the middle of the 20th century [...] philosophers started to move away from the long tradition of modernism [...], turned a blind eye to the implications of biology and [...] are showing unending and increasing interest in the obfuscations of Heidegger."--Philosophical Darwinism (1993) by Peter Munz

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Obfuscation is the concealment of meaning in communication, making it confusing and harder to interpret.

Obfuscation may be used for many purposes. Similarly text-based language, like gyaru-moji and some forms of leet are obfuscated to make them incomprehensible to outsiders.

In cryptography, obfuscation refers to encoding the input data before it is sent to a hash function or other encryption scheme. This technique helps to make brute force attacks unfeasible, as it is difficult to determine the correct cleartext.

In network security, obfuscation refers to methods used to obscure an attack payload from inspection by network protection systems.

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