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Experts call for new Internet security rules
Business Tech ^ | 9/9/13 | (not listed)

Posted on 09/09/2013 7:15:37 AM PDT by shego

Internet security experts are calling for a campaign to rewrite Web security in the wake of disclosures that the U.S. National Security Agency has developed the capability to break encryption protecting millions of sites.

But they acknowledged the task won't be easy, in part because internet security has relied heavily on brilliant government scientists who now appear suspect to many.

Leading technologists said they felt betrayed that the NSA, which has contributed to some important security standards, was trying to ensure they stayed weak enough that the agency could break them. Some said they were stunned that the government would value its monitoring ability so much that it was willing to reduce everyone's security.

"We had the assumption that they could use their capacity to make weak standards, but that would make everyone in the U.S. insecure," said Johns Hopkins cryptography professor Matthew Green. "We thought they would never be crazy enough to shoot out the ground they were standing on, and now we're not so sure."....

Green and others said a great number of security protocols needed to be written “from scratch” without government help....

Author Bruce Schneier, one of the most admired figures in modern cryptography, wrote in a Guardian column that the NSA "has undermined a fundamental social contract" and that engineers elsewhere had a "moral duty" to take back the Internet....

(Excerpt) Read more at businesstech.co.za ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Technical
KEYWORDS: bigbrother; nsa
This is like the story back in the 1980s when the US built a new embassy in Moscow, and stupidly hired local workers. The place turned out to be so heavily infested with bugs that it had to be torn down and rebuilt.

This time the damage, and the rebuilding, is on a much larger scale, and caused by evil intent rather than simple ineptitude.

1 posted on 09/09/2013 7:15:37 AM PDT by shego
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To: shego
Green and others said a great number of security protocols needed to be written “from scratch” without government help....

That's an understatement.
2 posted on 09/09/2013 7:23:53 AM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: shego

There’s an old joke from the 1930’s, “We’re from the Government and we’re here to help”. I don’t think people today really understand the joke but the joke is on them for not understanding it.


3 posted on 09/09/2013 7:28:19 AM PDT by trapped_in_LA
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