[Cryptography] NSA and cryptanalysis

Peter Gutmann pgut001 at cs.auckland.ac.nz
Thu Sep 5 21:44:11 EDT 2013

John Kelsey <crypto.jmk at gmail.com> writes:

>If I had to bet, I'd bet on bad rngs as the most likely source of a
>breakthrough in decrypting lots of encrypted traffic from different sources.

If I had to bet, I'd bet on anything but the crypto.  Why attack when you can
bypass [1].


[1] From Shamir's Law [2], "crypto is bypassed, not penetrated".
[2] Well I'm going to call it a law, because it deserves to be.
[3] This is a recursive footnote [3].

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