Financial identity is *dangerous*? (was re: Fake companies, real money)

Eugen Leitl eugen at
Fri Oct 29 02:55:35 EDT 2004

On Thu, Oct 28, 2004 at 09:29:21AM -0700, James A. Donald wrote:

> Is there a phone that is programmable enough to store secrets 
> on and sign and decrypt stuff?

Er, it has been a while since you bought a new mobile, right?
About all of them have several MBytes memory, and run Java. Some Motorolas
run Linux. The better smart phones are pretty beefy PDAs.
> The ideal crypto device would be programmed by burning new 
> proms, thus enabling easy reprogramming, while making it 
> resistant to trojans and viruses. 

The problem with modern mobiles that their security is of the cargo
cult/snake oil variety. Only a question of time before the first MMS worm
wipes out all Nokias, or something.

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