Brute Force: Cracking the Data Encryption Standard
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In this book, the author accounts his involvement in the DESCHALL Project, mobilizing thousands of personal computers in 1997 in order to meet the challenge to crack a single message encrypted with DES.
This was and remains one of the largest collaborations of any kind on a single project in history.
The message was unencrypted on June 18 and was found to be "Strong cryptography makes the world a safer place."
This is also the message of Curtin's book where he uses a personal account to reveal to the uninitiated reader some insight into a topic of growing importance which is both technically and politically complicated.
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