Mathematics > NSA + GCHQ

Adam Shostack adam at
Mon Aug 25 14:21:53 PDT 1997

Lucky Green wrote:

| I am sure the university will make an exception to the rule once a $1M
| check for the regents arrives. The Internet idealists are your base for any
| distributed crack. But the cracks that come next are too complex to be
| performed by just your base. As in an election, you have to reach beyond
| your base to win. The students can show their solidarity. It will require
| tempting cash offers before large scale distributed cracks can suck cycles
| from the millions of computers in other environments.

	Large numbers of small wins may be more likely to draw in
cycles than single large prizes.  This is because as a small player
I'll go after the $100 prize that I can win daily over the $1M prize
that I can win yearly.  The odds against the $1M prize are too high.

	There were two companies at Crypto talking about this sort of
business model, software to ship by year end.


"It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once."

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