64bit or 1024bit - will it make a difference?

Rick Hornsby (madhatter+@osu.edu)
Sun, 11 May 1997 22:58:52 -0400


I'm curious about something - and I will grant that I am not technically
knoweldgable about the subject as I should be. If it takes us using spare
cycles a few months to crack a 64 (56 really) bit by brute force, why in 10
years couldn't the same exact thing be done to a 1024 bit key? We've all
seen the amazing leaps and bounds by which processors (not to mention RAM,
etc) have come in the last 5 or 6 years. Somehow I think there must be a
better way than just making the key longer. Because as the keys get
longer, the computers will get better. And even now, its possible to crack
a 1024 bit code. Yeah, it'd take a heck of lot longer - but for
$120,000,000 worth of equipment - it could probably be done in a decent
amount of time.

Now granted, I have no suggestions as to what other methods might be
employed because I don't know enough technically - but maybe someone who
knows more could offer some ideas :)

-Rick
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