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[liberationtech] NYTimes and Guardian on NSA

Michael Rogers michael at briarproject.org
Fri Sep 6 09:18:07 PDT 2013


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On 06/09/13 16:01, Richard Brooks wrote:
> Interestingly, with the DES standard there were some changes 
> introduced by NSA that were thought at the time to be backdoors, 
> since they were never justified.
> 
> Many years later, the community realized that these changes made 
> some obscure attacks less likely.

Yes, that anecdote often accompanied the argument that NSA wouldn't
risk peddling weak crypto. Clearly the balance of priorities within
the agency has shifted since DES. It's worth asking whether that shift
predated (a) the AES competition, (b) Suite B.

Cheers,
Michael
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