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February 5, 1997updated 05 Sep 2016 12:18pm

40-BIT ALGORITHM CRACKED IN UNDER FOUR HOURS BY STUDENT

By CBR Staff Writer

A graduate student at the University of California in Berkeley used 250 of the UC Berkeley Network of Workstations and cracked a 40-bit algorithm in less than four hours to win a contest run by Security Dynamics Technologies Inc and its RSA Data Security Inc subsidiary, adding fuel to the argument that 40-bit keys are too weak for commercial use.

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