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Matt Curtin Tells Crypto War Stories at Ohio University

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Columbus, OH—Cryptographer and computer science expert Matt Curtin presents "Cracking the Data Encryption Standard" to the student group Telecommunications Systems Management Association (TSMA) at Ohio University. He discusses breaking the then government standard for data encryption, including the impact on U.S. policy for its use. 

Curtin is one of the coordinators of the DESCHALL project sponsored by RSA that broke a secret message encrypted with what was then the government standard. In his book Brute Force: Cracking the Data Encryption Standard, Curtin presents a unique insider view of how the project came together and what happened behind the scenes to demonstrate the weakness of the standard and ultimately to usher in the age of unrestricted cryptography.

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