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[liberationtech] Is Most Encryption Cracked?
collins at benetech.org
Wed Jul 17 10:18:44 PDT 2013
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I'm curious about listmembers' thoughts on this blog post at Unsene,
an app seeking crowdfunding and billing itself as an alternative to
Skype (closed source, by all appearances). I don't find their logic
convincing but am interested in thoughts on their conclusions and
assertions, especially with regards to AES being realtime decryptable
and the wider use of quantum computers.
"[...]Here’s why we think many of these encryption algorithms are cracked;
• The largest governments have big research programs with oodles of
money to figure out this problem, they’ve been doing this as long as
there were spies (forever) and they have armies of very smart people
to figure stuff like this out. If the NSA has something, you can bet
the Chinese, Russians and a few others have stolen it. That’s a safe bet.
• These entities want something complicated enough to keep others out,
but easy enough for them to get into. Your secret is safe with them.
• They are using computer technology that’s at least 30 years advanced
over the computer you have, including quantum computers. These
computers are at least 10 billion times faster than what you use. If
someone says “that’ll take 30 years to crack”, they mean you’ll have
to take 30 years to try all the possible keys. With a quantum
computer, that’s less than a second. Even Google is now buying
quantum computers, this one for $10 million.
• Public domain encryption wouldn’t be allowed into the pubic unless
it was cracked, because they wouldn’t be able to spy on you. They
wouldn’t be promoting something as good unless it was easy for them to
get into it. They’re spies after all."
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