The Lazy Genius

Security News & Brain Dumps from Xavier Ashe, a Bit9 Client Partner

Help crack Gpcode

Posted by Xavier Ashe on June 6, 2008

If you read Vitaly’s blogpost yesterday, you’ll know that on the 4th June 2008 we detected a new variant of Gpcode, a dangerous file encryptor. Details of the encryption algorithms used by the virus are all in Vitaly’s post and the description of Gpcode.ak.Along with antivirus companies around the world, we’re faced with the task of cracking the RSA 1024-bit key. This is a huge cryptographic challenge. We estimate it would take around 15 million modern computers, running for about a year, to crack such a key.

Of course, we don’t have that type of computing power at our disposal. This is a case where we need to work together and apply all our collective knowledge and resources to the problem.

So we’re calling on you: crytographers, governmental and scientific institutions, antivirus companies, independent researchers…join with us to stop Gpcode. This is a unique project – uniting brain-power and resources out of ethical, rather than theoretical or malicious considerations.

Read more from Kaspersky Lab.

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