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Apparently Stage 1 - 7 were classical ciphers, followed by brute-forcing the 56-bit DES, and factoring RSA-155 though distributed computing.

> Compaq provided access to one of their benchmarking computers with four 667 MHz Alphas and 8 GB of primary memory.

This was massive computational power for a workstation in 2000! It's always impressive to see the progress of Moore's Law, even although single-core performance has peaked long ago.




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