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RSA wants you to crack this code
December 23, 1998
Web posted at: 10:30 AM EST
by Rebecca Sykes
(IDG) -- RSA Data Security will host another
contest to break the U.S. government's Data
Encryption Standard at the RSA Data Security
Conference in San Jose, Calif., in January.
The 56-bit DES encryption algorithm is widely used
and has been broken in the contest before, most
recently in July in a record three days.
Security software maker RSA Data Security aims
to show the obsolescence of U.S. encryption
policy, according to a statement from the company.
Unlike most nations, the U.S. restricts the export of
encryption software and other crypto products.
Details of the contest will be posted on the RSA's
Web site next month. If DES is cracked in 24 hours
or less, those who break it will receive $10,000, the
Smaller amounts will be awarded for
cracking DES in greater amounts of time, up to the
previous contest winner's time of 56 hours, after
which no money will be awarded, the company
Rebecca Sykes is correspondent at large for the IDG News Service in Boston.