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Once upon a time, the U.S. government set the standard of 56-bit encryption, and -- crackable though it was -- that was that. Then, an intrepid group of cypherpunks took on the government and its DES standard. They brought together thousands of computers, cracked DES, and the world has never been the same. As they say on TV, this is their story.
It’s a compelling and wide-ranging narrative. You’ll go inside one of the world’s seminal distributed computing projects (both its technology and its “sociology”). You’ll revisit the frontiers of the Internet, at the unique historical moment when it was being transformed into a global phenomenon. You’ll travel into the realms of politics and national security. And, along the way, you’ll learn more than a little crypto (which has rarely been explained this painlessly). Bill Camarda, from the May 2005 Read Only