[RC5] [ADMIN] DES-II-2 is over...

R. Kelley Cook kcook at ibm.net
Wed Jul 22 18:05:53 EDT 1998

On Fri, 17 Jul 1998 14:54:20 -0400, Van Drie, Mathew wrote:

>To me, this is really scary. I mean, when d.net cracked DES once, and then
>again, I didn't think a thing of it. What hacker is going to be able to get
>20,000 some odd computers together to crack something. But this was one
>computer! And I'm sure you could get some idot to drop $250,000 for a
>computer like this. It would pay off for itself within weeks or even days!
>Think of it: if someone could sniff a credit card transaction and have it
>cracked within three days, they could max that card out and move on to
>another one! Don't even get me started on what someone could do if they got
>their hands on government document and records!

Think of it, somebody could go into the trash can at your local gas
station and grab the dozens of credit card reciepts that are sitting in
their and max out all of those credit cards ...  Or the nice checkout
lady at the supermarket could copy your number down after you handed it
to her ... or the man who takes your order at L.L. Bean ... or even
somebody could steal your wallet.

All of these methods don't cost anything nor a substantial amount of
time to get a credit card number.

One of the most overblown "security" issues of the past few years
involve the potential pilfering of credit card numbers over the
internet.  There are *much* easier ways of getting them.

Kelley Cook

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