Re: successfully echelonised

From "Robert Kemp" <>
Date Wed, 29 Sep 1999 20:16:10 EDT

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>From a VERY reliable source close to the situation.

----Original Message Follows----
From: Rob Savoye <>
To: Robert Kemp <>
Subject: Re: Fwd: Re: successfully echelonised
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 13:00:55 -0600

On Wed, Sep 29, 1999 at 02:44:37PM -0400, Robert Kemp wrote:

 > Correct me if I am wrong but I have understood that Zimmerman the creator
 > of PGP sold out and went commercial. In doing so agencies such as NSA 
 > acces to the mathematical sequences of encryption and therefore decryp
 > things farely easy with proper machines and software that they definitely
 > have.

   Phil lives near here in Boulder, and although Network Solutions (the 
virus scanning folks) bought the rights to PGP, they are continuing it's
development, and last week or so made a new commercial release. I believe
part of why they bought PGP was to get Phil out of the charges that he had
reimplemented RSA without their permisison.

   We already know the mathematical sequences, cause the source code had 
available on the net for free for many years. Actually DES is worse, because
the NSA has generated the tables to be easy to crack. At the least, PGP is
much safer.

 >  > >any encryption that is publicly available today poses no threat to 
 >  > >NSA. rather, encryption acts as a flag, since anybody using it, must 
 > up
 >  > >to no good (sic), and the ability to decrypt it real easy (for the 
 >  >
 >  > So you think the NSA can crack Pretty Good Privacy?

   Yes. Especially with shorter key lengths. That's why the new relaxing of
the export laws for encryption is a good thing. If you use a full-length key
over 128bit, the chances of the NSA breaking your key within the time it's
that info is still useful is pretty slim...

	- rob -

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