[TriLUG] "congress mulls stiff crypto laws"
Fri, 14 Sep 2001 18:46:05 +0500
On Saturday 15 September 2001 01:07 am, you wrote:
> Do you think that any encription available right now can be cracked with
> enough computing force?
This is the part that I find bewildering. Does the FBI require that all lock
manufacturers give the FBI a "master key" for opening the lock? No, they
just pick/break the lock when they have sufficient cause to search the locked
If investigators want to intercept a particular individual's e-mail, work
with ISPs to intercept the individual's e-mail on its way into the system.
If it is encrypted, break the encryption. Certainly, there's an expense of
computer time here, but how much encrypted e-mail do they actually have cause
to "wiretap"? I would prefer to spend the money on the computing power and
techniques to break the encryption than lose the right to use encryption.
Note to readers: I don't even encrypt my e-mails, but if I wanted to send
e-mail instead of the e-postcards, I would want to put an electronic envelope
around my messages.
The only use I can imagine for a "master key" on all encrypted messages would
be to run *all* e-mail traffic through something like Carnivore...which isn't
even legal, right?
To bring the discussion back to Linux itself, there's a nice manual for GPG
at http://www.gnupg.org/gph/en/manual.html. It includes a discussion of some
encryption concepts, GPG daily use, and getting started using GPG.