[cryptography] NSA cracking UN videoconference - worried?
kylem at xwell.org
Tue Aug 27 10:37:40 EDT 2013
The original story in Spiegel said so explicitly:
"The embassies are linked via a so-called virtual private network
(VPN). "If we lose access to one site, we can immediately regain it by
riding the VPN to the other side and punching a whole (sic!) out," the
NSA technicians said during an internal presentation. "We have done
this several times when we got locked out of Magothy.""
On Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 5:08 AM, Natanael <natanael.l at gmail.com> wrote:
> Elsewhere it has been speculated that they got access to the VPN they used.
> 2013/8/27 <pjklauser at gmail.com>:
>> Dear Cryptographers,
>> The article on "UN video-conference spying allegations" (
>> html ) claims:
>> "In the summer of 2012, NSA experts succeeded in getting into the U.N. video
>> conferencing system and cracking its coding system, according one of the
>> documents cited by Der Spiegel."
>> Does anyone know what the "coding system", details about the exploit, or
>> whether this latest revelation has any cryptographic significance? Or is
>> this just a case of breaking through walls and stealing keys in cyberspace.
>> - Peter Klauser
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