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Security Amid Massively Parallel Computing

On May 2, 2007, Interhack founder will discuss security in a world where massive computing power is available to all at the Advanced Technology Summit.

While the obvious upsides to the future of computing are often considered, comparatively little thought is given to the potential impact of computing technology in the hands of attackers. Nevertheless, the fact remains that as computing power and availability increase, greater power is available to the computer underworld and other hostile actors who would use technology against society. Curtin's remarks will consider broad trends in computing and the impact of emerging technology in hostile hands.

Among the trends to be considered is the availability of massive computation through cooperative computing. In 1997, Curtin helped to lead the DESCHALL project, which used massively parallel computation to crack a message encrypted with the U.S. Government's Data Encryption Standard (DES). These efforts are chronicled in his book, Brute Force: Cracking the Data Encryption Standard. Source code for the key-cracking clients was released just earlier this year.

About Interhack

Interhack is a pioneering professional services firm, active in security and privacy research, with a forensic computing practice that has been involved in cutting-edge litigation on electronic privacy matters.

Established in 2000, Interhack's forensic computing practice helps in-house counsel, incident response teams, law enforcement agencies and law firms establish facts that can be used in litigation or criminal prosecution.

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