DES in prosecution

Thompson, Christopher (
Tue, 24 Jun 1997 10:58:13 -0600

I read a book recently. The Watchman by Jonathan Littman. In it, there
is the rather strong implication that the U.S. government gained access
to some of Kevin Poulsen's files which had been encrypted using DES.
I'm wondering if anyone knows if this is true or not? And, if true, any
guesses on whether it was brute-forced using specialized hardware?