Blurb in 4/28 Communications Week

Frank J. T. Wojcik (fjw2@lehigh.edu)
Tue, 29 Apr 1997 16:48:58 EDT


Just thought everyone would like to know that the deschall effort merited a
small mention in the 4/28 issue of Communications Week. It's on p. 8,
at the bottom of the "Security Monitor" column. Reprinted here completely
without permission:

"The Data Encryption Standard, one of the most widely used encryption methods
in the United States, is under fire. In an effort to prove its contention that
U.S. limitations on exportable encryption are too strict, RSA Data Security
Inc. is sponsoring a joint Internet effort to crack the DES code. RSA,
Redwood City, Calif., is offering $10,000 to the first individual or group to
decode its DES-encrypted message. So far, about 2,500 computers already are
working on the message in a cooperative, "brute force" effort to try every
possible key. More than 72 quadrillion possibilities exist, but the group is
already trying 50 trillion keys a day, and more participants are joining in
all the time, according to Rocke Verser, an independent consultant who
developed the cooperative software in his spare time. At its current rate of
growth, the group could decode the message in as little as two months, Verser
said. Opponents of these export restrictions hope that if DES is cracked, the
federal government will rethink its regulatory policies." - Tim Wilson

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