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

ianG iang at iang.org
Fri Mar 23 22:42:34 EDT 2012


On 24/03/12 03:11 AM, Jeffrey I. Schiller wrote:
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>> What percentage of acquirable/storable traffic do you suppose
>> actually exhibits perfect forward secrecy?
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> I bet the word "Perfect" mis-leads quite a few people. It isn't
> perfect (unless you take as axiomatic that the cipher in question
> cannot be broken).
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> Maybe the term should be renamed "Forward Secrecy... for now." :-)


This is a very good point.  I'd also broaden it to include the 
distinction between "endogenous crypto-assumptive attacks" and 
"exogenous pain of reality."  If you leave the chat records on your 
laptop, which is seized and used as evidence against you, you're 
perfectly screwed.



iang



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