By Matt Curtin
"DES, the workhorse of cryptography and the U.S. govt encryption ordinary for simply shy of two decades (from 1978 to 1997), was once used to guard an enormous array of delicate details within the United acknowledged and in the course of the remainder of the area. Many cryptographers felt that DES, which used to be a 56-bit common, was once too simply damaged. desktop scientists and software program specialists sought after the U.S. which will use and export more advantageous cryptography. the govt. resisted, claiming that extra strong cryptography might let terrorists, baby pornographers, and drug traffickers to raised conceal their illicit actions. "In January of 1997, a firm known as RSA information protection introduced a competition that challenged DES. RSA wrote a mystery message, encrypted it utilizing DES, and promised a $10,000 prize to someone who may well decrypt the message, or holiday the code that concealed it. Responding to the problem and finally profitable the prize used to be a bunch of programmers, machine scientists, and expertise lovers who geared up themselves right into a loose-knit consortium referred to as DESCHALL (for the DES Challenge). They effectively decoded RSA's mystery message utilizing tens of hundreds of thousands of pcs all around the U.S. and Canada associated jointly through the net in an exceptional disbursed supercomputing attempt. utilizing a method known as "brute-force," desktops partaking within the problem easily started attempting each attainable decryption key. there have been over seventy two quadrillion keys to check. Brute strength tells the tale of the millions of volunteers who battled to end up the getting older average for facts encryption used to be too vulnerable and to strive against robust cryptography from the regulate of the U.S. govt. Matt Curtin, one of many leaders of DESCHALL, explains how DESCHALL broke RSA's mystery message and confirmed to the U.S. governments - and in reality to the world-wide enterprise and expertise groups - the necessity for greater, publicly proven cryptography.
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Julius Caesar is known for his use of a primitive encryption system that now bears his name. The Caesar Cipher is a simple mechanism of substituting one letter for another, following a regular pattern. To see how this works, write the alphabet: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Write the alphabet again, just below it, starting with N (shifting thirteen characters to the left). N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A B C D E F G H I J K L M The shifted-thirteen-places version of the alphabet is the key in the cipher.
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Brute Force: Cracking the Data Encryption Standard by Matt Curtin