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Data Encryption Standard
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(DES) The NBS's popular, standard encryption algorithm.
It is a product cipher that operates on 64-bit blocks of
data, using a 56-bit key. It is defined in FIPS 46-1 (1988)
(which supersedes FIPS 46 (1977)). DES is identical to the
ANSI standard Data Encryption Algorithm (DEA) defined in
ANSI X3.92-1981.