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24 Oct 2019

Crypto back doors are still a bad idea Security

In the always interesting Lawfare blog, former FBI counsel Jim Baker in a piece called Rethinking Encryption reiterates his take on the encrpytion debates. There's a certain amount that makes me want to bang my head against the wall, e.g.

After working on the going dark problem for years, I'm confident that this problem can be addressed from a technical perspective. In most cases, it's just software, and software can be rewritten.

But it's worth reading to remind us of what the other side is thinking, even with a lot of motivated reasoning that makes him conclude that Congress can pass some laws and the going dark problem will be solved.

A reader who is relatively new to this fight asked me is there's a short and accessible explanation of why crypto back doors can't work.

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21 May 2018

Schneier and Kerr on Encryption Workarounds Security
Bruce Schneier is a famous cryptography expert and Orin Kerr a famous cyberlaw professor. Together they've published a law journal article on
Encryption Workarounds. It's intended for lawyers so it's quite accessible to non-technical readers.

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26 Aug 2017

Not quite two factor, or is your phone number really something you have? Security

A recent article in the New York Times Dealbook column reported on phone number hijacking, in which a bad guy fraudulently takes over someone's mobile phone number and used it to reset credentials and drain the victim's account. It happens a lot, even to the chief technologist of the FTC. This reminds us that security is hard, and understanding two factor authentication is harder than it seems.

The usual definition of two-factor is to pick two different items from a list of security types:

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