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June 20, 1997updated 05 Sep 2016 12:51pm


By CBR Staff Writer

In what appears to be the first openly publicized breach of its kind, a loosely-organized group of hackers has broken the US Government’s 56-Bit DES encryption standard. The hackers, responding to a $10,000 challenge sponsored by RSA Data Security Inc, broke the standard in four months using what they claimed were ordinary Pentium-based PCs. The publicity stunt, if it could be called that, was intended to support industry pressure on the US Government to up the encryption standard to 128-bit and allow companies to export encryption technology more advanced than the 40-bit cipher that is currently the maximum.

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