[cryptography] the spell is broken

James A. Donald jamesd at echeque.com
Thu Oct 3 18:22:07 EDT 2013

On 2013-10-04 07:31, Jon Callas wrote:
> absolutely, this is an emotional response. It's protest. Intellectually, I believe that AES and SHA2 are not compromised. Emotionally, I am angry and I want to distance myself from even the suggestion that I am standing with the NSA. As Coderman and Iang put it, I want to*signal*  my fury. I am so pissed off about this stuff that I don't*care*  about baby and bathwater, wheat and chaff, or whatever else. I also want to signal reassurance to the people who use my system that yes, I actually give a damn about this issue.
By moving away from anything NIST has touched he deprives the NSA of 
leverage to insert backdoors, contributing to the general good, from 
which his company, and thus himself also benefits. By opposing the NSA, 
he gives his company credibility that they will not secretly play footsy 
with the NSA behind closed doors, reassuring his customers and 
contributing to the particular good of his company and himself.
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