# Re: JSH: Ethics of a factoring solution

*From*: "Douglas A. Gwyn" <DAGwyn@xxxxxxxx>*Date*: Mon, 5 Jun 2006 20:27:17 GMT

jstevh@xxxxxxx wrote:

So, by this hypothetical scenario, I post factors tomorrow morning.

Wouldn't Monday open with a stock market crash?

No, and so what if it did? It would be an irrational reaction,

since there would be little immediate danger to the economy.

In fact other RSA challenge numbers have been successfully factored.

If you merely factor the smallest remaining challenge number and

post the factors and an indication that you have a working method

and are not a crackpot after all, then why would there be any more

of a stock market reaction than there was after previous challenge

numbers were factored? Especially if you don't claim right away

that you can quickly factor all remaining challenge numbers.. If

the point is to (re)gain respect for your method, then there would

be no real difference between cracking just one of the challenges

and cracking all of them; either way you'd get serious, respectful

attention.

Until you actually have a practical method, however, the "ethical"

issue is moot.

.

**References**:**JSH: Ethics of a factoring solution***From:*jstevh

**Re: JSH: Ethics of a factoring solution***From:*rossum

**Re: JSH: Ethics of a factoring solution***From:*jstevh

- Prev by Date:
**Re: Help spread strong cryptography now!** - Next by Date:
**Re: JSH: Ethics of a factoring solution** - Previous by thread:
**Re: JSH: Ethics of a factoring solution** - Next by thread:
**Re: Ethics of a factoring solution** - Index(es):