1997-05-16 - Re: NSA likes strong crypto?

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From: Kent Crispin <kent@songbird.com>
To: cypherpunks@cyberpass.net
Message Hash: b11916b17c7eb113b7af36de55138b590c0d4c8bff59ee36a8ac3f93f610f808
Message ID: <19970515175354.52395@bywater.songbird.com>
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UTC Datetime: 1997-05-16 01:13:39 UTC
Raw Date: Fri, 16 May 1997 09:13:39 +0800

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From: Kent Crispin <kent@songbird.com>
Date: Fri, 16 May 1997 09:13:39 +0800
To: cypherpunks@cyberpass.net
Subject: Re: NSA _likes_ strong crypto?
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Message-ID: <19970515175354.52395@bywater.songbird.com>
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On Thu, May 15, 1997 at 12:42:15PM -0800, Tim May wrote:
> And using longer keys is "easy" to do. Breaking longer keys is "hard."
> Strong crypto wins out very quickly.
> This is why there is no "middle ground" on crypto...it's either strong or
> its weak, with nothing in between.

An oversimplification.  You, of course, know better.  A crypto system
has to be considered as a whole (rubber hoses, key management, etc). 
That's where the "in between" comes from, and will continue to come
from, regardless of the strength of the algorithms. 

Kent Crispin				"No reason to get excited",
kent@songbird.com			the thief he kindly spoke...
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