news story - Jailed ID thieves thwart cops with crypto

james hughes hughejp at
Thu Dec 21 17:53:46 EST 2006

On Dec 20, 2006, at 8:44 AM, dan at wrote:

> 2100-7348_3-6144521.html


>   According to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which confirmed
>   that Kostap had activated the encryption after being arrested,
>   it would take 400 computers 12 years to crack the code.


What algorithm was that? Seems like a really small time, especially  
if you have a 4000 or larger CPU cluster...

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