I've been reading this thread in the archives, on loop-aes and then the
security of AES. I hate to jump on the bandwagon, so before I do, I will
state that I *am* a crypto-expert, and have worked for the several
government entities in the US. I am not at liberty to tell you which ones.
Mr. Walters: It is not all that easy to crack a *secure* key with the
AES-256 cipher. This holds true, even with networks of super-computers. Just
how many of them do you think the NSA (you named it), has to spare for
things like that? Parallel and distributed computing does not help much with
AES, since it is a CBC cipher algorithm (look it up).
I think you need to do some research on the subject you say you're majoring
in, before you post on the topic, Mr. Walters.