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[liberationtech] [cryptography] NSA "breakthrough"

Eugen Leitl eugen at
Sat Jun 15 05:24:05 PDT 2013

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Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2013 12:54:04 +0200
From: Danilo Gligoroski <danilo.gligoroski at>
To: cryptography at
Subject: Re: [cryptography] NSA "breakthrough"
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Joachim Strömbergson wrote:

> A "breakthrough" seems to me not to be a backdoor, but either cryptanalytical progress or progress in brute force efficiency.

In my opinion it has nothing to do with cryptography, but rather in the advancements of: 
1. Storage technology (increasing with a ratio of billions or trillions of times from early 1990s)

2. Data collecting capabilities from:
  a. Complexity of the software that billions of users use that leaks information from thousands of places (Cap'n crunch whistle phenomenon - see the video from last year CRYPTO talk of Jonathan Zittrain "End of Crypto")
  b. Social networks and big internet companies that sooner or later comply with government wishes to collect data from their servers
  c. Terrestrial and satellite ultra-sensitive microwave survey equipment (millions of times more sensitive than the equipment of HRMS of NASA from 1992).

3. Computing power to analyze big data (increasing with a ratio of billions times from early 1990s)

4. Intelligent algorithms for analyzing big data (text, voice, image, video, ...)


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