RSA Laboratories

Contest Details

The new challenge will be posted at 9:00 am (PST) on January 18th.

The previous best exhaustive search time for a DES key was considered to be 56 hours. The prize structure for this challenge is as follows:

Time for solution Prize
Less than or equal to 24 hours $10,000
Greater than 24 hours but less than or equal to 48 hours $5,000
Greater than 48 hours but less than or equal to 56 hours $1,000

There is no prize for times greater than 56 hours.

Software Testing

The pseudo-contests provided as part of the original RSA Data Security Secret Key Challenge can also be used in this contest for software testing purposes.