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

Peter Maxwell peter at allicient.co.uk
Thu Mar 22 10:57:13 EDT 2012


On 22 March 2012 14:15, Dean, James <Jdean at lsuhsc.edu> wrote:

> From
> http://blogs.computerworld.com/19917/shocker_nsa_chief_denies_total_info
> rmation_awareness_spying_on_americans?source=CTWNLE_nlt_security_2012-03
> -22:
>
> Despite the fact that domestic spying on Americans is already an
> e-hoarding epidemic, the massive new NSA storage facility in Utah will
> solve the problem of how to manage 20 terabytes a minute of intercepted
> communications.
>
> Even if the intercepted communication is AES encrypted and unbroken
> today, all that stored data will be cracked some day. Then it too can be
> data-mined. The super secret spook agency is full of code breakers.
> "Remember," former intelligence official Binney stated, "a lot of
> foreign government stuff we've never been able to break is 128 or less.
> Break all that and you'll find out a lot more of what you didn't
> know-stuff we've already stored-so there's an enormous amount of
> information still in there." Binney added the NSA is "on the verge of
> breaking a key encryption algorithm."
>

That sounds far more plausible than the previous explanations.  I'd also
suspect the "key encryption algorithm" may be RC4 and not AES at the moment.
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