From: Paul Jakma (paul at domain clubi.ie)
Date: Wed 12 May 1999 - 18:31:33 IST
"It's even more pointless than that. At the end of the day they get to
say "Oh look! We cracked one message with known-plaintext in only four
years using the combined power of half the computers on the Internet".
If you ask me that doesn't present a strong argument against rc5-64."
that's the combined power of /general-purpose/ computers. For ~$300k you
can have a specialised machine with the same cracking power as all those
general-purpose machines - ie the EFF machine which broke the recent
DES-2 contest in under 48 hours all on it's own.
Now imagine how trivial current encryption standards are if you consider
the budgets and brains available to the likes of the NSA? Heck, even a
relatively small multi-national could easily afford the hardware to
crack current crypto standards.
how do you feel knowing that as we move into a more and more wired
world, crypto is deliberately regulated so as to always be easily
crackable by the big-boys?
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