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NSA Backdoors and Bitcoin

Many cryptographic standards widely used in commercial applications were developed by the U.S. Government’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Normally government involvement in developing ciphers for public use would throw up red flags, however all of the algorithms are part of the public domain and have been analyzed and vetted by professional cryptographers […]

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NSA and ECC

I’ve been reading up recently on the revelations that the NSA is subverting implementations/service providers to undermine various internet crypto standards (see this: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/05/nsa-gchq-encryption-codes-security). Now this has all of the basic hallmarks of a ‘scare campaign’ where people are led to believe that crypto techniques/mathmatics themselves are insecure rather than the truth that the NSA […]

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