[Cryptography] OneRNG kickstarter project looking for donations
iang at iang.org
Mon Dec 15 14:18:54 EST 2014
About this project
After Edward Snowden's recent revelations about how compromised our
internet security has become some people have worried about whether the
hardware we're using is compromised - is it? We honestly don't know, but
like a lot of people we're worried about our privacy and security.
What we do know is that the NSA has corrupted some of the random number
generators in the OpenSSL software we all use to access the internet,
and has paid some large crypto vendors millions of dollars to make their
software less secure. Some people say that they also intercept hardware
during shipping to install spyware.
We believe it's time we took back ownership of the hardware we use day
to day. This project is one small attempt to do that - OneRNG is an
entropy generator, it makes long strings of random bits from two
independent noise sources that can be used to seed your operating
system's random number generator. This information is then used to
create the secret keys you use when you access web sites, or use
cryptography systems like SSH and PGP.
Openness is important, we're open sourcing our hardware design and our
firmware, our board is even designed with a removable RF noise shield (a
'tin foil hat') so that you can check to make sure that the circuits
that are inside are exactly the same as the circuits we build and sell.
In order to make sure that our boards cannot be compromised during
shipping we make sure that the internal firmware load is signed and
cannot be spoofed.
More information about the cryptography