Electronic Frontier Foundation

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation (or EFF) is an international non-governmental organization dedicated to the defense of free speech and protection of privacy and consumer rights for internet users. It was established in 1990 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and has been involved in a number of legal cases. In a lot of ways, they're essentially the online equivalent to the American Civil Liberties Union and its relatives.

Deep Crack[edit]

In 1998, they published a book titled Cracking DES.[1] In this book, they not only laid out a case for the United States Data Encryption StandardWikipedia for not being secure, but also came to the conclusion that the National Security AdministrationWikipedia was very likely on its third or fourth generation of DES cracking devices at the time. In order to do this, they created their own DES cracker machine.Wikipedia The bulk of the book's text is the VHDLWikipedia code used to generate the code-cracking chips that did the actual work, and it's not only recommended reading for cryppies, but also for anyone interested in computer hardware design.


The EFF has been criticized by The Baffler magazine as a highly successful astroturf group created by Silicon Valley to defend their business models especially regarding copyright and privacy, as well as having a major role into making the Internet what it is today.[2] This is nonsensical, as the EFF is strongly pro-privacy, which runs directly counter to the business models employed by Silicon Valley companies.

External links[edit]


  1. Electronic Frontier Foundation, Cracking DES: Secrets of Encryption Research, Wiretap Politics & Chip Design. O'Reilly Media, 11 July 1998. ISBN 1565925203.
  2. Yasha Levine, All EFF’d Up. The Baffler, July 2018.