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[wlug] NSA intentionally undermines public security standards

 
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GJB kiwigb@y...
Fri Sep 6 12:04:35 NZST 2013


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/06/us/nsa-foils-much-internet-encryption.html?pagewanted=1


"Simultaneously, the N.S.A. has been deliberately weakening the
international encryption standards adopted by developers. One goal in
the agency’s 2013 budget request was to “influence policies, standards
and specifications for commercial public key technologies,” the most
common encryption method.

Cryptographers have long suspected that the agency planted
vulnerabilities in a standard adopted in 2006 by the National Institute
of Standards and Technology and later by the International Organization
for Standardization, which has 163 countries as members. "


As I have pointed out previously, you should probably assume that
backdoors have been introduced into much OS security software.




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