Re: Thwarted.

C Matthew Curtin (cmcurtin@research.megasoft.com)
Fri, 18 Apr 1997 21:31:36 -0400 (EDT)


>>>>> "Vijay" == Vijay S Gadad <gadad@nwu.edu> writes:

Vijay> Well, the Computer Science department here isn't interested in
Vijay> participating. They don't see why they should help RSA.

Duh. They'd be helping themselves at least as much as anyone else.

Fact: DES is widely used in the financial community, in government
systems, and elsewhere. Lots of information that needs to remain
private depends on the strength of DES.

Until someone(s) can prove that DES keys can be broken with computing
power that is available to anyone -- even if cooperatively -- in less
time than the encrypted data is supposed to remain private, there
isn't going to be a "clear and present danger" to anyone without a
sufficient cryptographic clue.

Vijay> Glum,

Yeah... oh well. The keys will be found with or without the
cooperation of anal-retentive types. Thanks for sticking with the
project however you can!

(Maybe you should just rename the binary to something like
"cs854-homework" ;-)

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