Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th Sep 2018 21:14 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption

The US, UK, and three other governments have called on tech companies to build backdoors into their encrypted products, so that law enforcement will always be able to obtain access. If companies don't, the governments say they "may pursue technological, enforcement, legislative, or other measures" in order to get into locked devices and services.

Their statement came out of a meeting last week between nations in the Five Eyes pact, an intelligence sharing agreement between the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The nations issued a statement covering a range of technology-related issues they face, but it was their remarks on encryption that stood out the most.

Break encryption, or we'll break you.

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Earl C Pottinger
Member since:
2008-07-12

I could write a one-pad cipher in 6 line of code on a 8 bit machine that can not be broken by the most powerful machine in existence.

The idea that you can listen to terrorists or criminals if they want secure messages is funny.

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avgalen Member since:
2010-09-23

In general I would agree with you, but a one-time-pad "requires the use of a one-time pre-shared key the same size as, or longer than, the message being sent." so instead of securing the message you just move the problem to securing the pre-shared key. I would also be very interested in how you would code a truly random generator in 8 lines ;)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-time_pad#Perfect_secrecy

Again, in general I agree with you. Writing perfect encryption is almost trivial.

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