Re: How NSA access was built into Windows

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On Wednesday 17 January 2007 01:56, Bruno Wolff III wrote:
>On Wed, Jan 17, 2007 at 00:43:20 -0600,
>
>  Rick Sewill <[email protected]> wrote:
>> Get the attention of people who can make a difference.
>
>The EFF is involved in several issues related to encryption and might be
>an organization worth supporting to help keep strong encryption without
>law enforcement key escrow legal for individuals and to bring to light
>and limit overly broad government surveilance.

I do, and we all should, support the EFF, as long as they represent our 
goals.  OTOH, I'm not in favor of a key escrow that is not somehow 
distributed and trackerless as in bittorrent.  Why?  Because a single 
point becomes a vulnerability when a single, middle of the night raid, 
watergate style, can disable that whole infrastructure in one swell foop.  
If the black hats snoop the public key database, all they have gained is 
the ability to send me an encrypted message.  Theoreticaly(sp) that 
doesn't give them the key to decrypt a message I might send.

OTOH, the bigger the database, the easier it might be to analyze and 
recover the private key but I'm not an expert.

I once saw it quoted that an expert was somebody more than 50 miles from 
home and carrying a briefcase. I don't qualify on either count. :) 

-- 
Cheers, Gene
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