Basic resources

Jeff Simmons (
Sun, 8 Jun 1997 20:52:32 -0700 (PDT)


As Dennis Miller says, I don't want to get off on a rant here, but ...

When I started with Rocke's DESCHALL, my three Pentiums were about 10%
of the total cracking effort. Since then I've happily watched Punknet's
contribution sink to about 100th on the list, even though we're up to
about 20 computers now.

But the knowledge expressed on this list of what we're doing and why
we're doing it is appalling low. So before you guys make any more
comments about 80-bit DES, 128-bit RSA keys, the cost and speed of
specialized FPGA DES crackers, etc., do a little homework, huh?

THE resource on cryptography is Bruce Schneier's "Applied Cryptography -
Protocols, Algorithms, and Source Code in C". It costs about $50.
Or you can check your local or university library. Or go to your
local bookstore (I've seen copies in some really small places), sit
down with a copy, and browse. Or contact the author at www.counterpane.
com, Bruce'll sell you a copy at a 15% discount.

Or aim a web browser at and check out
one of the best web sites about cryptography on the net. Wander around
for a while, see what's there.

And if you REALLY want to see what the government's so scared of,
take a look at Tim May's Cyphernomicon:

But please, no more bullshit.

- --
Jeff Simmons

Hey, man, got any spare CPU cycles? Help crack DES.

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