[rc5] (DESCHALL Found the key!)

David McNett dmcnett at hfdirect.com
Wed Jun 18 16:20:30 EDT 1997


>Date: Wed, 18 Jun 1997 13:46:19 -0600
>From: Rocke Verser <rcv at dopey.verser.frii.com>
>To: deschall-announce at gatekeeper.megasoft.com
>Subject:  WE FOUND IT!
>Sender: owner-deschall at gatekeeper.megasoft.com
>        "Strong cryptography makes the world a safer place."
>That's the message RSA has been waiting for us to decipher.
>And we did it!
>The correct key (8558891AB0C851B6) was reported to RSA Data Security
>shortly before midnight last night (Mountain Time).  RSA's automated
>server acknowledged our win!
>The winning computer is a Pentium 90MHz, operated by iNetZ Corporation
>of Salt Lake City, Utah.  Their employee, Michael K. Sanders, was the
>individual who was running the DESCHALL client.
>Congratulations, Michael.  And congratulations to all who participated!
>Many thanks are due, all around.
>Special thanks to Justin Dolske and Matt Curtin, who took enormous
>pressure off of me, early in the project; and who have kept the client
>archives, mailing lists, and gateways humming right along; and who
>diligently responded to *so many* questions on the mailing lists.
>Thanks very much!
>Special thanks to Darrell Kindred and Andrew Meggs, whose programming
>skill in their respective fields (fast bitslice clients and fast
>user-friendly Mac PPC clients) is unmatched!
>Special thanks to Karl Runge, who has spent many evenings into the wee
>hours (is 5 AM wee?) to develop some outstanding stats and to make sure
>those stats were posted each morning!
>Special thanks to Jeff Simmons, and others, whose names tragically
>escape me, who did some early publicity to get the project rolling!
>Special thanks to the other developers, Guy Albertelli and Kelly
>Campbell.  Guy performed a number of "ports", and Kelly produced the
>first Mac client.
>Thanks to countless others, who devoted not just their CPU cycles, but
>their boundless energy as well.
>I offer both thanks and consolations to our only public "competitor",
>Magnus and Fredrik:  As I have said before, SolNET is a class outfit.  I
>never once heard you disparage your competition.  We thank you!
>In a sense, the "win" belongs to all of us, who contributed CPU cycles
>and clients and ideas and innovations.  We searched less than 1/4 of the
>keyspace.  Worldwide, over half of the keyspace was searched.  A
>DESCHALL client may have found "the" key, but you deserve credit for
>helping to bring the "expected date of completion" significantly ahead.
>Your Web site gave us a goal to shoot for.  A goal which we never met.
>Your clients had many features our users wished for.  There is no shame
>in not finding the key.  But I know the anguish you must feel after
>putting your hearts and souls into a project for 3-4 months, and not
>being "the" winner.
>In my eyes, everyone who participated, whether working for the DESCHALL
>team or the SolNET team is a winner!
>Last but not least, thanks to my dear wife, Myra, who allowed me to
>engage in this project (when I should have been looking for my next
>contract programming job); and to her and my children, who tolerated
>the disruption to our household routine caused by this project.
>- - Rocke Verser, DESCHALL organizer, rcv at dopey.verser.frii.com
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