An international group of cryptography experts has forced the U.S. National Security Agency to back down over two data encryption techniques it wanted set as global industry standards, reflecting deep mistrust among close U.S. allies.
In interviews and emails seen by Reuters, academic and industry experts from countries including Germany, Japan and Israel worried that the U.S. electronic spy agency was pushing the new techniques not because they were good encryption tools, but because it knew how to break them.Germany, Japan, Israel - these are our allies. They clearly do not trust the NSA. One of the researchers is quite explicit on this:
“I don’t trust the designers,” Israeli delegate Orr Dunkelman, a computer science professor at the University of Haifa, told Reuters, citing Snowden's papers. “There are quite a lot of people in NSA who think their job is to subvert standards. My job is to secure standards.”There is an old saying in the Intelligence Community: there are friendly governments but there are no friendly foreign intelligence agencies. I don't think that they really believed that applied to them, at least Back In The Day.
I suspect that we've reached Peak NSA. Even our friends no longer trust it. This likely will greatly compromise its effectiveness.
This is a very good article. Recommended.