granting access to user data?
rowland at webperformanceinc.com
Wed Oct 17 09:56:17 EDT 2001
Beth Ellison wrote:
>> > "Among the arguments in favor of Linux: reports that some versions of
>> > Windows contain backdoors designed to grant the U.S. National Security
>> > Agency access to users' data."
>> > Does anyone know anything more about this? That's some spooky shit.
>> I've heard this one floating around since the NT 4.0 days. There was some
>> incident, that I don't remember well at all now, about a year before
>> W2K hit
>> the streets that started this off. A good deal of speculation mixed with
>> just enough fact to get everyone excited.
>> Of course, the real interesting part is that anyone who hears this
>> *thinks* that it's possibly true. That speaks volumes about how much the
>> general technical community trusts MS.
> Ah. It's not new, just new to me. Got it. And your last sentence sums
> things up beautifully.
It's funny how someone always wants to make the old "new" again.
Remember the good ol' Clipper chip and Key Escrow? That's just
Clinton/Gore era terminology for "backdoor", which is just a shorter way
of saying "please lower your trowsers, thank you very much".
Some of our members of congress are already trying to figure out how to
repackage the backdoor/key-escrow clusterf*&k and get it passed as law:
Excerpt from Cryptogram from Bruce Schnier re Sept 11th:
"In the wake of the devastating attacks on New York's World Trade Center
and the Pentagon, Senator Judd Gregg and other high-ranking government
officials quickly seized on the opportunity to resurrect limits on
strong encryption and key escrow systems that ensure government access
to encrypted messages."
Here's a link to the Cryptogram that's quoted above.
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