1997-08-25 - Re: PGP5i supports RSA keys?

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From: “John Smith” <jsmith58@hotmail.com>
To: cypherpunks@cyberpass.net
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UTC Datetime: 1997-08-25 19:17:50 UTC
Raw Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 03:17:50 +0800

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From: "John Smith" <jsmith58@hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 03:17:50 +0800
To: cypherpunks@cyberpass.net
Subject: Re: PGP5i supports RSA keys?
Message-ID: <19970825190521.5060.qmail@hotmail.com>
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>TWOK!  Au contraire, mon ami...
>Eric Drexler estimates that with nanotech, it should be possible
>to create a 1 GHz processer that fits in 1/8 of a cubic micron.
>It would take 1E24 such processors to factor a 2048 bit number.
>If we wanted to factor that 2048 bit key in 1E6 seconds, a couple
>of weeks, we would need 1E18 processors, which would fit in a cube
>100,000 microns on a side.  This is 10 cm on a side, about the
>volume of a soccer ball.  A far cry from the whole earth, no?

GURK!  I meant that it would take 1E24 seconds for one such
processor to factor a 2048 bit number.  The rest is right.

Use an 8K bit key and it will be 1E30 times harder than a 2K key.
Now your soccer ball is comfortably bigger than the earth.  You
will have to convert the sun into a CPU to break it with nanotech.


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