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[liberationtech] NYTimes and Guardian on NSA

Michael Rogers michael at briarproject.org
Fri Sep 6 07:41:35 PDT 2013


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On 05/09/13 21:10, Richard Brooks wrote:
> 
>> There is a massive difference between cryptanalysis and
>> decade-long, well-funded, and top-secret program to subtly weaken
>> international cryptographic protocols and sabotage industry
>> implementations.
> 
> 
> Their job is to collect information for the military. That their 
> work is top-secret should be obvious. That they try to weaken the
> crypto not used by the military and US gov. should also be taken as
> a given.

They have two jobs: to monitor foreign communication, and to secure
domestic communication against foreign monitoring.

http://www.nsa.gov/about/mission/

The argument for trusting NSA/NIST crypto standards has historically
been that weak crypto would make the first job easier but the second
job harder. We now have to re-examine that argument and ask whether
the NSA has been gambling with the security of US commercial,
government and military data (up to top secret level - the highest
level that relies on NSA/NIST-published standards) in order to further
its surveillance mission.

Cheers,
Michael
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