From: Paul Kelly (longword at domain indigo.ie)
Date: Thu 13 May 1999 - 02:34:50 IST
Paul Jakma wrote:
> > "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
And when someone builds that specialized machine which will crush rc5-64
like a paper cup inside a week, then we shall be suitably impressed. As
it stands distributed.net are scoring an own-goal, creating a four-year
benchmark that looks really bad compared to how long it would take a
determined organization to do the trick.
> 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?
I'm grateful we're not French.
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