1994-06-27 - Re: Is the NSA really competent?

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From: “Christian D. Odhner” <cdodhner@indirect.com>
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
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UTC Datetime: 1994-06-27 07:03:45 UTC
Raw Date: Mon, 27 Jun 94 00:03:45 PDT

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From: "Christian D. Odhner" <cdodhner@indirect.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 94 00:03:45 PDT
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Subject: Re: Is the NSA really competent?
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On Sun, 26 Jun 1994 catalyst-remailer@netcom.com wrote:

> Skipjack: probably just a modified DES

[stuff deleted...]

> crypto group, it looks like the NSA contribued to _none_ of 
> the major advances in cryptography that occured during its zenith.

If skipjack is really a 'major advance' (I won't state an opinion at this 
point) then it seems that they did indeed contribute to a major advance. 
At least one. Also if I remember my history right they had a lot to do 
with the original redesigning of the s-boxes in des.

Happy Hunting, -Chris.

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