Re: Java!

Charles McKenzie (
Mon, 21 Apr 1997 22:17:39 -0500 (CDT)

On Mon, 21 Apr 1997, Johan Hartzenberg wrote:

> Hey, we could write a Java procedure so that whenever someone connects
> to and, etc - their web
> browser checks 10000 keys and report the result. The server can keep
> track of what key space has been checked, and if a web client doesn't
> report back in 15 minutes, it asks the next client to check that space
> again.

When Java first came out, several friends of mine had the idea to write
Distributed Involuntary Crack, which would bounce a little ball on the
screen, while brute force cracking a chunk of someone's password file in
the background. At the time, the Java compilers we had were bad enough at
optimizing that it was little more than a project showing the dangers of
Java, but from what I've seen, it might actually be workable now.

Chuck McKenzie
UW-Madison CS Webmaster