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A list of key readings about Brute force attack.
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Many of the references given for the parent topics cryptanalysis and cryptography discuss brute force attacks.

  • David Kahn (1967). The Codebreakers: the Story of Secret Writing. MacMillan. ISBN 0-684-83130-9.  Gives many historical examples both of brute force attacks and of systems believed secure largely because they could resist brute force but which fell to other attacks.
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation (1998). Cracking DES: Secrets of Encryption Research, Wiretap Politics & Chip Design - How federal agencies subvert privacy, First Edition. O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. ISBN 1-56592-520-3.  The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) built a machine called the "DES Cracker" specifically designed to speed up brute force against the Data Encryption Standard. The work was politically motivated, aimed at demonstrating that DES was insecure despite US government claims to the contrary. They published the book and it is also available online at Cryptome.