* Posts by VernonDozier

11 posts • joined 31 Dec 2012

How much did NSA pay to put a backdoor in RSA crypto? Try $10m – report


Re: @VernonDozier: What the hell am I reading?

That looks familliar; likely what was posted on Fidonet back in the day...

Thank you.


Re: @VernonDozier: What the hell am I reading?

Thank you for the updates and corrections. I was going off memory...

That happened twenty years ago!


I remember reading about this back in the 1990s; and in the days of BBSs. If memory serves me correctly, there was another encryption scheme, similar to RSA called PGP (Pretty Good Privacy).

There was something that happened back then with the FBI being unable to crack PGP. The inventor was investigated by authorities; I think there was even an international case; Somewhere in Europe, that needed backdoor access. They engaged the FBI and perhaps the NSA also. I think the software developer's name was Philip Zimmerman.

I think PGP was an open-sourced project (One of the first), the NSA and FBI were unable to crack it, even with the sourcecode. Encryption technologies are protected from export, and enforced by the Federal Trade Commission.

So RSA was born as a commercial product, that used some of the PGP technology.

Most of these types of suggestions occur through standards-bodies. Remember, SSL used to have keys for encryption that were only 128-bits. Then, as technology progressed, the standard became 256-bit, and then 512-bit. Some sites on the internet today, use 1024-bit encryption as well as 2048-bits.

If memory serves me correctly, the NSA and/or the FBI also had a say in how fast home computers would be allowed to get. I remember reading an article in Scientific American from the early 1990s, where IBM said they had the technology to develop CPUs that run up to 4GHz using RISC technology (competes with CISC; or what Intel/AMD primarily use.) However, this technology was never brought to market. CPUs today, can accomplish similar speeds with multiple cores. Parallel processing makes it more difficult to brute-force decrypt.

Paired-Key encryption and password technology is one of the most secure. Passwords can be captured using keylogger software, or dictionary attacks.

My guess is that computer speeds plateaued as a result of Government intervention; and fear that home computers would, in time, have the computing power and ability to break encryption. Around this timeframe, Microsoft also introduced "Trusted Computing Platform". My guess, is the ability to use signed code, would be created as a Government project, and allow desktop machines to continue to advance in technology and speed, while also limiting the ability to use encryption tools.

Instead, Apple developed a new formfactor- tablets and smartphones and this stunned the industry, when everyone was seemingly collaborating to develop the next speed chips, on a single-core platform. The new iPhones and tablets solved a problem of selling hardware.


Our irony meter exploded: Apple moans ebook price-fixing watchdog is too EXPENSIVE


Re: Monopoly Power

Perhaps read up on the last major US anti-trust case, with Microsoft, Internet explorer, and Netscape.


Apple: How we slip YOUR data to govts – but, hey, we're not Google


Re: Who's freaking who?

Who knew that "Theft of mobile devices" would fall under "Terrorism"..?

What crock pot being cooked up by Tim. Tim hasn't been friend of his customers, when he made available for sale, customer data to make a quick buck.


Zuckerberg: I want the WHOLE WORLD in my hands

Paris Hilton

Re: Dear Mark, they don't exist

You know, perhaps changing my name to a Bangladeshi name would be a way to re-gain my privacy.


Re: Hm, I'm not getting it

True, true.

It's a noble cause, but I'm not sure $1B will be enough to lay fiber optic cabling in areas of the world that lack running water, and roads.

But Whatevs, Facebook.


Microsoft Surface sales numbers revealed as SHOCKINGLY HIDEOUS


Re: The purpose of Surface

Yes, this is what Apple did very well.

But the Nokia executive, that said Microsoft needs to attract developers made a good point. Can't migrate the masses to a new platform if the apps don't exist.

I remember seeing the ads, with dancing kids, showing the device that makes a "click". To compare, Apple always showed apps, and what you could do with their gear. If you can't attract developers, to write apps, you hire a dance troupe. I'd buy a Surface if I was looking for something that helps with choreographing dance moves, like those in the ads... But I'm not looking for that, so it's a waste of money.

Linux on the surface would be awesome.


AT&T's adds 'Next' plan to allow phone, tablet trade-ins after one year


T-Mobile's plan is about 1/3 the cost of AT&Ts.

Basically, this move puts AT&T into the same sort of class as those rent-to-own stores and payday loan companies. But I guess that if you've gotta have it right now and can't make good financial decisions, this is the right program for you.


NSA whistleblower to tech firms, Obama: 'Grow a pair!'



At Microsoft, we hired a former Military, Former Booz Allen Hamilton Employee, and other former military nutjobs.

They helped Microsoft to provide foundations for international collection of this data, as well as insight and information for a new datacenter to house it.

If you want help making sure your company is compliant with Patriot-Act Spy Programs, Booz Contractors will do it very well.

The person we hired worked on SigINT during the Iran-Contra thing. He was a great liar. It's a breath of fresh air to see Snowden be more honest than other Booz Employees.


2012 in tech: Apple up the Cook without a paddle, ARM, slab wars... and MORE


Re: Microsoft Win 8 - Failware

Ballmer seems to fire people right before someone has the ability to say "Marketing Failed".

Marketing, of course, was Ballmer's primary job prior to becoming CEO.

Marketing is also a form of disclosure, to the general public, of what the new products or systems actually do.

But in this situation, it seems the desire to make Windows Surface tablets sexy, or as applicable as an iPad, is a big let-down. NO BODY knows what makes Windows 8 does better, and hell, I don't think there was even a product launch announcement.

But the biggest issue it seems, is that the product didn't work at Microsoft's own retail stores. The keyboard didn't respond, and the salesperson had to restart the tablet. I ended up going back to the Apple Store after they had to restart the tablet when the keyboard didn't work.

Some things never change, but when the tablet had to be restarted, well.. Hah. I decided to change.