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Brute force : cracking the data encryption standard

Author: Matt Curtin
Publisher: New York : Copernicus Books, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"DES, the workhorse of cryptography and the U.S. government encryption standard for just shy of twenty years (from 1978 to 1997), was used to protect a vast array of sensitive information in the United Stated and throughout the rest of the world. Many cryptographers felt that DES, which was a 56-bit standard, was too easily broken. Computer scientists and industry software experts wanted the U.S. to be able to use  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Matt Curtin
ISBN: 0387201092 9780387201092
OCLC Number: 56590658
Description: x, 291 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Working late --
Keeping secrets --
Data encryption standard --
Key length --
Discovery --
RSA crypto challenges --
Congress takes note --
Supercomputer --
Organizing DESCHALL --
Needle in a haystack --
Spreading the word --
The race is on --
Clients --
Architecture --
Progress --
Trouble --
Milestones --
Gateways --
Network --
Download --
Short circuit --
DESCHALL community --
Proposal --
In the lead --
Recruiting --
Threats --
Overdrive --
Distributed --
An obstacle --
Export --
Getting word out --
Salvos in the crypto wars --
New competition --
Netlag --
Terminal velocity --
Duct tape --
Showdown in the senate --
Strong cryptography makes the world a safer place --
Aftermath --
Staying the course --
In retrospect.
Responsibility: Matt Curtin.
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In 1996, the supposedly uncrackable US federal encryption system was broken. In this captivating and intriguing book, Matt Curtin charts the rise and fall of DES and chronicles the efforts of those  Read more...

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