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Date: Tue Apr 26 21:09:36 1994
From: Derek Atkins
Subject: RSA-129
We are happy to announce that
RSA-129 = 1143816257578888676692357799761466120102182967212423625625618429\
35706935245733897830597123563958705058989075147599290026879543541
= 3490529510847650949147849619903898133417764638493387843990820577 *
32769132993266709549961988190834461413177642967992942539798288533
The encoded message published was
968696137546220614771409222543558829057599911245743198746951209308162\
98225145708356931476622883989628013391990551829945157815154
This number came from an RSA encryption of the `secret' message using the
public exponent 9007. When decrypted with he `secret' exponent
106698614368578024442868771328920154780709906633937862801226224496631\
063125911774470873340168597462306553968544513277109053606095
this becomes
200805001301070903002315180419000118050019172105011309190800151919090\
618010705
Using the decoding scheme 01=A, 02=B, ..., 26=Z, and 00 a space between
words, the decoded message reads
THE MAGIC WORDS ARE SQUEAMISH OSSIFRAGE
To find the factorization of RSA-129, we used the double large prime
variation of the multiple polynomial quadratic sieve factoring method.
The sieving step took approximately 5000 mips years, and was carried
out in 8 months by about 600 volunteers from more than 20 countries,
on all continents except Antarctica. Combining the partial relations
produced a sparse matrix of 569466 rows and 524338 columns. This matrix
was reduced to a dense matrix of 188614 rows and 188160 columns using
structured Gaussian elimination. Ordinary Gaussian elimination on this
matrix, consisting of 35489610240 bits (4.13 gigabyte), took 45 hours
on a 16K MasPar MP-1 massively parallel computer. The first three
dependencies all turned out to be `unlucky' and produced the trivial
factor RSA-129. The fourth dependency produced the above factorization.
We would like to thank everyone who contributed their time and effort
to this project. Without your help this would not have been possible.
Derek Atkins
Michael Graff
Arjen Lenstra
Paul Leyland