About 3 years ago, RSA Laboratories established a series of cryptographic
contests. One such contest, the RSA Secret-Key Challenge, consists of
several "RC5" contests, which themselves consist of some unknown plaintext
encrypted message using a variety of different length keys. The current
contest is the 64-bit key RC5 contest. The contest's reward was set at
$10,000 to the person or organization who can crack it.
One such organization, distributed.net, decided to launch a major
cooperative effort across the Internet to crack the encrypted message, and
win the contest. They developed a software client which runs in the
background of Windows 95, 98, NT, Mac, OS/2, Linux, Unix, and other
operating systems, and is designed to use your CPU's power to do some
serious number crunching when your system is idle (is bored.
If someone using distributed.net's software finds the code,
receives the $10,000 prize, and gives $1,000 to the individual winner,
to his/her team, $6,000 to a non-profit organization, and distributed.net
As an real movie fan dedicated to cult and horror movies
, you have a moral obligation to join TWI's
RC5-64 cracking team! ;-) Together, we'll use the raw power of hundreds of
bored cpu's to crack the RC5 key!
So, here's how to obtain the software and join our team!
- Download the
software for your system.
- Configure the software with your email address (right click ->
configure ->General Client Options ->1 and ent and enter your email address).
- Visit your RC5 stats page 24 hours after your software starts
crunching away at keys.
It will be accessible at
http://stats.distributed.net/rc5-64/ Search there for the email address you
use in the client.
- Now, on your statistics page, scroll to the bottom and click on the "I
cannot remember my password" link.
- Check your email. You should have received a message from
distributed.net. Your user
ID# and password should be contained in that message. Make note of them.
- Now go to this URL,
http://stats.distributed.net/pjointeam.php3?team=6729. A window will
pop up. Enter
your email address as your user name, and the password which was emailed
to you, as your password.
If you're a network admin, try installing the software on some of your
nonessential workstations to make the best use of idle CPU time. Be sure
to set it on "nice" mode so it keeps out of the way of users.
If someone on our team cracks the code, the individual will receive
$1,000, and the team will
receive $1,000. It has not yet been decided as to what to do with the
team's portion, but
you can send suggestions to the team leader FeeDBack at firstname.lastname@example.org. Although the prize
would be nice, the idea is to have FUN, and to prove the power of
Although distributed.net does maintain a stats database, one of
the best ways to keep track of your individual progress and Team TWI's