> From: israel .
> 1.- Are we ever going to have strong authentication here in Europe?. I
> because the USA export restrictions.
We already have it, just not from US (and Israel) companies. For example
F-Secure product family, which won this years European Information
Technology Award, includes many strong cryptography products, like the
popular SSH technology. The software is written in Finland. Have a look at
> 2.- Let's suppose the following scenario: Some client sends some
> via Netscape browser to a Netscape Server with medium-grade encryption
> (RC4-Export, 128 bit with 40 secret). A bored hacker happens to catch
> information. How long would it take him to crack the key (with today's
It depends, but using about 50 or 100 Pentium or Pentium Pro PC's less
than a week (might be even much less time). Not very strong, is it? The
only problem is to snoop the network in the right place. Also in case of
SSL you must spend a week to crack (decrypt) just one HTML document or