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Researchers at the Ruhr-University Bochum have managed to extract the secret encryption algorithmns used by satellite phones, and discovered that it's a lot less secure than one might hope. Benedikt Driessen and Ralf Hund analysed firmware updates for popular satellite handsets to extract the ciphers used by the Thuraya and …

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Security by Obscurity?

When will people learn?

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These things are old

Security by obscurity was still cool back when they were designed. They just haven't kept up to date.

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Not since 1883

Kerckhoffs' second principle.

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Security by obscurity was hotly debated when these phones were designed. Many in the security field were issuing strong warnings about it, but the manufacturers were dead set on using it because THEY wanted to control the security, not use publicly available encryption technologies..

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Upset some people

I'm sure in secret bunkers all over the world some people are cursing this disclosure.... closes a nice intel feed they've been using for a while...

AC because the black helicopters might be coming for me...

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WTF?

Disappointing

Where is the promised skirt lifting :(

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Inmarsat monitoring stations

On the market already. Tritech UK for example. It's prominently on the Interweb.

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