Cryptobox (was Re: Edupage, June 20, 2001)

Eric Murray ericm at
Thu Jun 21 12:02:32 EDT 2001

On Thu, Jun 21, 2001 at 02:36:05PM +0100, R. A. Hettinga wrote:
> At 5:08 PM -0600 on 6/20/01, EDUCAUSE wrote:
> > Researchers at Ottawa University are developing Cryptobox, a
> > program that encrypts e-mail, instant messages, and other Internet
> > communications. The program works by sending transmissions over
> > a peer-to-peer network, scrambling each end of the transmission
> > with an encryption code and hiding it underneath a stream of junk
> > traffic. The system automatically decodes the transmissions once
> > they reach their destinations. The researchers have already
> > tested Cryptobox in a network of 40 real and 200 virtual clients
> > and report that the test succeeded. Independent researchers are
> > skeptical, however. Richard Clayton, a computer scientist at
> > Cambridge University, noted, "It's unclear whether they can make
> > this work and keep it stable in the real world with millions of
> > systems." The program could, if successful on a large scale,
> > solve one of the main security vulnerabilities of the Internet.
> > Currently, e-mails, instant messages, and many other transmissions
> > can be easily intercepted by those with access to key areas of a
> > network.

...unless they're running one of the myriad existing solutions
I love it when journalists regurgitate press releases without
doing even the most basic research.

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