[cryptography] Non-governmental exploitation of crypto flaws?
iang at iang.org
Mon Nov 28 04:45:05 EST 2011
On 28/11/11 07:10 AM, Steven Bellovin wrote:
> Does anyone know of any (verifiable) examples of non-government enemies
> exploiting flaws in cryptography? I'm looking for real-world attacks on
> short key lengths, bad ciphers, faulty protocols, etc., by parties other
> than governments and militaries.
1. GSM. The phones were first cracked by Lucky Green back in 1998 as
an academic demo, and a few years back I heard it was possible to buy
crack devices. I didn't follow up, but the existance of kits would
indicate there was a market for paparrazi or minute-theft or PIs.
2. chip & pin. Look at the Cambridge lab work. They've been involved
in some legal cases, and there might be some verified crunches in there.
> I'm not interested in academic attacks
> -- I want to be able to give real-world advice -- nor am I looking for
> yet another long thread on the evils and frailties of PKI.
If you are doing research to document the state of real breaches, that
would be valuable info.
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