1997-02-24 - Re: Distributed cracks, law, and cryptoanarchy

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From: Marc Horowitz <marc@cygnus.com>
To: cryptography@c2.net
Message Hash: 219ed735a9a13cf888feb08019e34623523312b022b39dfce1779efdb5940f30
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UTC Datetime: 1997-02-24 21:32:27 UTC
Raw Date: Mon, 24 Feb 1997 13:32:27 -0800 (PST)

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From: Marc Horowitz <marc@cygnus.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Feb 1997 13:32:27 -0800 (PST)
To: cryptography@c2.net
Subject: Re: Distributed cracks, law, and cryptoanarchy
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I'm sorry to flame, but I'm getting sick of this.

>> The "you must report results only to the crack organizers" rule can be
>> enforced if it's made into a contract. Even without a formal contract,

I don't want to sign a formal contract.  I want to break the key.  I
don't care about the money.  I can buy a lottery ticket if I want a
small chance at winning a lot of money.

I'll participate when I can download something, type make, run it, and
forget about it.

Invoving money money seems to be making it harder, not easier, to do
this.  I thought the reason to crack the key was to demonstrate how
weak DES is.  If the person who cracks the key collects the reward
himself, so what?  A good, public nail in the coffin of restrictions
on crypto is worth the risk that someone steals the $10k, IMHO.

I've got my idle cycles waiting....