[cryptography] Duplicate primes in lots of RSA moduli

James A. Donald jamesd at echeque.com
Sat Feb 18 05:59:18 EST 2012

On 2012-02-18 7:40 PM, Adam Back wrote:
 > Occam's razor suggests cryptographic incompetence.. number one reason
 > deployed systems have crypto fails.  Who needs to hire crypto people,
 > the developer can hack it together, how hard can it be etc.  There's a
 > psychological theory of why this kind of thing happens in general -
 > the Dunning-Kruger effect.

Rather, the problem is, who is to say who are the real crypto people? 
The Wifi consortium doubtless believed they were hiring officially 
accredited officially expert officially crypto people, blessed by the 
holy consensus of academia, but they got it wrong, then they got the fix 
wrong, then they got the fix of the fix wrong.

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