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MilestoneRSA is a boinc project trying to break a 1024 bit RSA key used by Motorola to sign the boot and recovery partitions on the Motorola Milestone. If this key could be broken, we would be able to sign our own boot/recovery images, which would enable us to run custom kernels and recovery images on the Milestone.
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No GPU apps?

I can't sufficiently imagine how difficult / impossible it is to crack a 1024 bit encryption .

As an example, DNETC is only currently doing 72 bits and we are still several years (~10) from breaking that relatively small encryption, and already with all the "firepower" it has (240 billion keys / sec).

And DNETC has GPU apps powering it, hopefully this new project will follow suite, else this is going to be very much pointless .
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If they don't provide a GPU client for ATI and Nvidia cards, then they have no chance in hell in breaking 1024bit encryption in their lifetime.

I once read (about 4 or so years ago) that even if you used all the computing power of all PCs on the planet, it would take almost 200 years just to break 256bit AES encryption - and that was assuming you continually added newer, faster computers as they were designed.

Come to think of it, I doubt that it would even be possible with all the CPU and GPU power available over the next 100 years.

They'd be better off trying to get someone from Motorola to tell them what the key is lol.
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