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[wlug] NSA intentionally undermines public security standards

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Shannon Skinner shannonsnz@g...
Fri Sep 6 13:50:09 NZST 2013

Bruce Schneier issues a call to arms:

On Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 12:04 PM, GJB <kiwigb@y...> wrote:

> "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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