Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th May 2014 23:47 UTC
Internet & Networking

For years, the US government loudly warned the world that Chinese routers and other internet devices pose a "threat" because they are built with backdoor surveillance functionality that gives the Chinese government the ability to spy on anyone using them. Yet what the NSA's documents show is that Americans have been engaged in precisely the activity that the US accused the Chinese of doing.

What surprises me the most is that there are still people who are surprised by this.

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RE[2]: Not surprised
by p13. on Tue 13th May 2014 14:03 UTC in reply to "RE: Not surprised"
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There's a geek with a grudge for every kind of situation.
Apparently, there's even a geek with a grudge for toilet paper encryption algorithms.

It was a joke?

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RE[3]: Not surprised
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 13th May 2014 15:24 in reply to "RE[2]: Not surprised"
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If you don't know the history of DES, maybe you don't get the joke you made.

I thought you did understand the history, and were making a brilliantly funny comment on it.

DES was developed by IBM, with some modifications ( the "S boxes") by the NSA. No one really knew why they made those modifications. Those modifications were later discovered to be specially designed to make differential cyrpto-analysis as difficult as possible.

So, by 3DES-ing your toilet paper you were triple wrapping yourself in the protection of the NSA, while giving the appearance to anyone outside of the knowledge of DES history to be a paranoid freak. That's hilarious. Although, now that I had to explain the joke, much less so.

Edited 2014-05-13 15:24 UTC

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RE[4]: Not surprised
by p13. on Tue 13th May 2014 15:33 in reply to "RE[3]: Not surprised"
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No ... it was definitely not intended that way.

That's deep man ...

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