Re: Did the Echelon Intercept Filters choke on all those key word s?

From Bryce Lynch <>
Date Sat, 20 Nov 1999 14:23:18 +0400 (GMT-4)

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On Sat, 20 Nov 1999, Tom wrote:

> How many of you on this list use Encryption?  I notice that by the
> postings there does not seem to be much.  Just curious, why doesn't
> everyone post their messages in PGP?  

PGP encrypted messages require a public key and a private key (for
encryption and decryption, respectivly.)  Everyone on the list would need
the public and private keypair to send and receive any messages at all.
Aside from the difficulty of getting the private key to everyone on the
list (which would require broadcasting the pair to everyone on the list), 
anyone monitoring will snag the pair when this is done and continue
monitoring as if nothing had changed.  Encryption works best among small
groups of people, ideally pairs.

> Why isn't this list encrypted? Seems to me if you want to ENCOURAGE the
> use of encryption, the force feed of Echelon to have to decrypt
> each/every one of our posts/messages, that this group should be
> encrypted, we should be posting our replies encrypted...

To do so, everyone would need the keypair, though.  If anyone on the 'list
can get it, so can the feds.  Then what would have changed?

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