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[liberationtech] to encrypt or not to encrypt?

Michael Rogers michael at briarproject.org
Fri Jun 21 11:54:29 PDT 2013


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On 21/06/13 17:57, Joseph Lorenzo Hall wrote:
> What about the theory that by encrypting all the things we are
> feeding some massively large NSA cryptanalysis project that uses
> different flavors of ciphertext to find weaknesses? Very conspiracy
> theorist-y, but I've heard a few people say that maybe we shouldn't
> "donate" unnecessary ciphertext to such a project. :/

Sorry to be blunt, but that theory is nonsense. The NSA can't possibly
learn more from the ciphertext of an unknown plaintext than it could
learn by generating its own ciphertext from a known plaintext - which
would save the cost of a splitter cabinet, to boot.

Cheers,
Michael

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