[cryptography] was this FIPS 186-1 (first DSA) an attemped NSA backdoor?

James A. Donald jamesd at echeque.com
Thu Oct 10 15:40:15 EDT 2013


On 2013-10-10 23:30, Adam Back wrote:Of course NIST is down due to the
> USG political level stupidity (why take the extra work to switch off 
> the web
> server on the way out I dont know).

Note that the obamacare websites are still open, and that parks that are 
normally operated by private contractors who normally pay rent to the 
government for their concession stands now have government employees 
present to prevent people from operating them.

So chances are that NIST is still busily plotting against security, but 
has turned of outside access to its websites.

It would seem that the 85% of government that is still operating is the 
part that no voters will notice, and the 15% that is shut down is the 
part that voters are likely to notice, and, the government hopes, put 
pressure on the Republican party.

Logically therefore, we should shut down the 85%, and keep the 15% open.





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