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Originally posted by couldntfindaname
They must have some computer equipment to do that especially since it was suppose to take 32^1024 million years to crack one character.
But also as well, it my computer that seemed to of cracked it and at the time I was not connected to the internet.
Originally posted by jumpspace
I am somewhat of an expert in cryptography and can say that, unless McAffee has the pass phrase to the secret keyring, it is IMPOSSIBLE to decrypt a PGP message.
The trick is to exchange this "book of symmetrical keys" in secret. Over the internet is not secret (you have middle-men to deal with, ie echelon, other agencies etc) so you really need to meet the receiver in person...and if you haven't met the person before, how do you REALLY know that's him standing in front of you?
Originally posted by Romeo
You havent quite got it. Its far more slick.
You generate 2 keys (eg 2 ENORMOUS primes) and send me Key2. I, or anyone elsewith key2, can use Key2 to encrypt the mail. The email is undecipherable without Key1 which still resides on your harddrive and which you've kept secret and unshared.
Originally posted by SonetRing
I believe the NSA and the like have the brains, CPU horsepower and the budget to decrypt PGP to at least 1024 bits. If you have your new home PC try every possible key to decrypt a 512 bit key, your fancy new PC would likely finish in about a decade.