[cryptography] [info] The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)

Sandy Harris sandyinchina at gmail.com
Sun Mar 18 21:49:05 EDT 2012

On Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 9:38 AM, Randall  Webmail <rvh40 at insightbb.com> wrote:

> I suppose we've all seen the "proofs" that brute-forcing PGP would take a supercomputer
> the size of the planet longer than the age of the universe to accomplish. Was the math
> faulty in those proofs, or is it true, and the NSA is just empire-building?

The two are not mutually exclusive. The math might be just fine and brute
force spectacularly impractical, but some other attack possible. With an
NSA sort of budget, things like a large version of Shamir et al's TWIRL
machine are feasible.

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