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More Details on the NSA Switching to Quantum-Resistant Cryptography

The NSA is publicly moving away from cryptographic algorithms vulnerable to cryptanalysis using a quantum computer (for instance, RSA, Diffie-Hellman, DSA, Elliptic Curve Cryptosystems). It just published a comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions about the process (post-quantum cryptography). There is lots of interesting information in this FAQ. Read article: https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2016/02/more_details_on_2.html

Ex-NSA boss says FBI director is wrong on encryption

The FBI director wants the keys to your private conversations on your smartphone to keep terrorists from plotting secret attacks. But on Tuesday, the former head of the U.S. National Security Agency – the supreme experts on communications – said that would be a terrible idea. General Michael Hayden, now retired, was speaking at a cybersecurity conference in Miami Beach. He expressed his unwavering support for encryption, a feature that …Read More

Is the NSA trying to warn us that cryptography is dead?

Back in August, the NSA released an updated advisory that was at once interesting and expected: It said that the world had to prepare for the oncoming impact of quantum computers, and the possibility that these devices could render existing computer cryptography almost completely obsolete. They called for the cryptographic community to invest heavily in developing so-called post-quantum cryptographic solutions that could survive this hypothetical watershed invention. And, as you …Read More

How is NSA breaking so much crypto?

There have been rumors for years that the NSA can decrypt a significant fraction of encrypted Internet traffic. In 2012, James Bamford published an article quoting anonymous former NSA officials stating that the agency had achieved a “computing breakthrough” that gave them “the ability to crack current public encryption.” The Snowden documents also hint at some extraordinary capabilities: they show that NSA has built extensive infrastructure to intercept and decrypt …Read More

Details and images on almost 300 patents filed by the National Security Agency

NSA patents are special: they never expire and they usually aren’t revealed to the public. Unless someone else files an identical patent application, that is. In that case, the NSA’s ownership is published by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). We’ve collected data made available by the USPTO to build a unified database of 200 NSA patents publicly granted to the NSA and published on USPTO and 78 NSA …Read More