Distributed purchase key attack (was Re: [rc5] Re: Rubber hose)
rxa21 at po.cwru.edu
Wed Oct 29 00:40:35 EST 1997
How about a new proposal then, harnessing the multitudes of analog
computers at Bovines disposal we request that everyone run a
send-spare-change client and then after a few weeks we could probably do
a successful purchase-key attack of RSA. We have already seen gracious
members donate their .02 cents so here's mine
$.02 (only to be used for a bovine purchase-key attack)
Ryan Dumperth wrote:
> >From Applied Cryptography, p.7:
> "Rubber-hose cryptanalysis:
> The cryptanalyst threatens, blackmails, or tortures someone until they give
> him the key. Bribery is sometimes referred to as a purchase-key attack.
> These are all very powerful attacks and often the best way to break an
> Public Key: http://keys.pgp.com:11371/pks/lookup?op=get&search=0x8D98E677
> PGP Key Fingerprint: 4913 67E3 BCA8 6326 F404 6005 6C1B D2D8 8D98 E677
> PGP, use it or lose it.
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