| Date: Thu, 9 May 2002 16:10:45 +0100
| From: "Anders Holm" <anders.holm at elivefree.net>
| Sorry, wasn't clear enough.
| "they had to hand over the algorithm to FBI" would in be meaning the
| algorithm for cracking the keys 'quickly'.. It'll still take them some
| nice time to do so, but once a key has been cracked, all messages/files
| belonging to that key can then effectively be decrypted. [ ... ]
I suspect what the above is actually referring to is the key recovery
mechanism present in ``PGP for Business Security'' (and possibly other
commercial PGP-ish products), and perhaps other such "features".
these are not, repeat NOT, any sort of practical (computable) key-crack
algorithm --- the discovery of which, as has already been pointed out,
would be worthy of a Field Prize (the closest thing there is to a
mathematics Nobel Prize).
and also the ``comp.risks'' archives.
b.t.w., PGP does not "solve" the problem of traffic analysis (e.g.,
knowing which sites/persons have exchanged phone/FAX/net(/e-mail)).
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