[Cryptography] FBI: Weaker Encryption Is a Worthwhile Tradeoff for Law Enforcement Access to Data

Bill Frantz frantz at pwpconsult.com
Fri Sep 18 23:55:59 EDT 2015

On 9/18/15 at 1:05 PM, hbaker1 at pipeline.com (Henry Baker) wrote:

>The TSA, however, told Money Talks News the reproductions are 
>not a security threat and that the locks are merely for 
>travelers’ “peace of mind.”

My analysis says, your second biggest threat with airline 
luggage is having luggage handlers open your luggage and steal 
things. (The biggest threat is having it misplaced for a while. 
If you have a 3rd party delivery service bring it to your 
destination, then all bets are off.)

What you need is something that will slow down the thief opening 
your luggage. (I don't have to outrun the bear. I just have to 
outrun you.) A TSA lock may accomplish this, but with a 3-D 
printed master key will open fairly quickly. For myself, I use a 
mini-quick link which requires several turns of the fastener to 
open. There is no security here, just delay.

TSA sometimes puts it back the way I put it. Most of the time it 
is replaced differently. At least they leave a love note when 
they open my luggage.

Cheers - Bill

Bill Frantz        |"We used to quip that "password" is the most common
408-356-8506       | password. Now it's 'password1.' Who said 
users haven't
www.pwpconsult.com | learned anything about security?" -- Bruce Schneier

More information about the cryptography mailing list