Brute Force

Author: Matt Curtin
Hardback: 281 pages
ISBN: 0387201092
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We all take for granted that appropriately strong encryption is used to safe guard our bank transactions, medical records and private information. During the late 1990's it was, however, far from clear that the encryption standard mandated by the US government, DES, was fit for purpose. In 1997 RSA Data Security launched a contest aimed at proving that DES was vulnerable to determined hackers. This book tells the inside story of the group that won the challenge and forced the government to change it's policies on encryption. Written by a member of the winning group this book documents a fascinating time in the growth of the Internet.