Jesse Tie Ten Quee highos at
Tue Oct 31 13:26:48 PST 2000


On Tue, Oct 31, 2000 at 02:24:48PM -0800, David D.W. Downey wrote:
> Well, my personal touch is that PGP has earned it's wings if not soley by
> the fadct that the creator of the product was prosecuted by the American
> government even though he was an Italian citizen soley because of the
> precieved threat to the American government's control.
> They even went so far as to play dirty pool and invite him to a NSA
> conference to discuss his creation only to arrest him once he arrived at the
> Amercian airport for volation of American National Security laws.
> gnupg resulted from a cross effort to ensure that the sale of pgp and it's
> source code to Network Associates would never take PGP away from users, thus
> ensuring peoples' rights to strong cryptography regardless of what NAI did
> with the source code.
> Also, by making sure that the source code was in the public eye, they also
> helped to ensure that such manuevers reminicient of Skip Jack 1 and 2, and
> the Fortezza chips did not take place again. The manuevers I refer to are
> the keeping of the source and algorythms used in all 3 products from public
> scrutiny yet stating that they were secure. The goverment was not allowing
> peer review which has been established within the security industry as being
> the number 1 valid way of determining any proposal's capability to deliver.
> Also, by making there be 2 major thrusts (gnupg and pgp) it also stops the
> government of just about any country from using it's purchasing power
> (illegal in the United States) to influence a particular choice of
> algorythms, like the US government attempted to do with the AT&T 3600 and
> 3900 Secure phones.
> Now, if we can just come up with a public based encryption routine like that
> proposed by the Clipper Chip for systems, I'll be happy. :)

kewl.. thx =)

Jesse Tie Ten Quee - highos at highos dot com

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