[RC5] DES II-3 Work to Completion?

Eric Gindrup gindrup at okway.okstate.edu
Mon Jan 4 19:26:42 EST 1999


     Being told that one bunch of eggheads can get your credit card 
     number whenever they feel like it and being told that an additional 
     group or *normals* can do so as well (it just takes a few percent 
     longer), is significantly different.
     
     Sure, it'd be frightening to hear that "X can crack your codes in 15 
     minutes, but it costs US$2M and requires an army of nerds to 
     maintain it."  But who really thinks a bunch of eggheads who can 
     afford that kind of hardware care about internet credit card 
     transactions?
        People might actually believe that an organization that "lives 
     and breathes" solely because the Internet exists and that is an NPO, 
     is interested in cracking their credit transactions.
        Besides, if a second group can do it an hour later, then a third 
     group can do it half an hour later, and a fourth group can do it 10 
     minutes later, and so on...
     
     It wasn't *very* interesting when IBM was writing their name with 
     individual atoms.  It was very interesting when anyone could, 
     quickly.
            -- Eric Gindrup ! gindrup at Okway.okstate.edu


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Subject: Re: [RC5] DES II-3 Work to Completion? 
Author:  <rc5 at lists.distributed.net> at SMTP
Date:    12/27/98 2:46 AM


---Daniel <dan at mci.co.uk> wrote:
>
     
> Surely it is better for d-net if newspapers say something along the 
lines of 'xxx found the winning key, followed y hours later by a group 
of enthusiats connected by the internet (see www.distributed.net)'
> 
> The publicity and new members generated by something like this could 
be far more useful than the time 'wasted' by actually finding the key.
     
d.net would never get coverage like that, most people dont even have a 
clue what encryption is and wouldnt care unless they are giving there 
credit card number.  The thing is if you dont have a clue about 
computers its very hard to understand what d.net is doing, so anyone 
who writes article for newspapers besides highly technical ones wont 
care.
     
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