[cryptography] ICIJ's project - comment on cryptography & tools

StealthMonger StealthMonger at nym.mixmin.net
Sat Apr 6 19:31:16 EDT 2013

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ianG <iang at iang.org> writes:

> I personally believe that the NSA's policy that the good guys don't need 
> good crypto is the underlying root to the problem.  A goodly portion if 
> not all.

> Internally to the NSA this is known as 'the equity issue' or so I've heard.

> In economic terms, the NSA imposes a sort of tobin tax on crypto which 
> results in a stupidity drag on all security, thus making it easier for 
> all to avoid doing good work.

This is again the "world-class protracted human engineering",
mentioned before in this forum.  Kevin Wall goes on to describe some
of its manifestations.  It wouldn't be surprising if it's an
identified function within NSA, maybe even with its own department.

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