Friday, October 16, 2015

So why is the NSA recording all Internet traffic?

Speculation is that they can break all encryption, at least that used commercially:
Thus by performing the decryption in bulk at the wiretaps, complete with hardware acceleration to keep up with the number of encrypted streams, this architecture directly implies that the NSA can break a massive amount of IPsec traffic, a degree of success which implies a cryptanalysis breakthrough.

That last paragraph is Weaver explaining how this attack matches the NSA rhetoric about capabilities in some of their secret documents.


Ben C said...

A commonly discussed topic is that the USA has slower broadband speeds than many other countries. Is this more likely a product of lower USA population density and legacy infrastructure, or possibly related to a deliberate handicapping of commercial traffic speeds to allow interception? The NSA does have a track record of crippling commercial standards and products to allow them to compromise them at-will at a later date.

Atom Smasher said...

Sorry for being the turd in the punchbowl, but read this book:

then forget about private encryption for a few decades.