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The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):

rubber-hose cryptanalysis n. [sci.crypt newsgroup] The technique of breaking a code or cipher by finding someone who has the key and applying a rubber hose vigorously and repeatedly to the soles of that luckless person's feet until the key is discovered. Shorthand for any method of coercion: the originator of the term drily noted that it ?can take a surprisingly short time and is quite computationally inexpensive? relative to other cryptanalysis methods. Compare social engineering, brute force.