[Cryptography] Crypto and rustling

Dave Horsfall dave at horsfall.org
Sat Nov 19 00:23:53 EST 2016

On Sat, 19 Nov 2016, Peter Gutmann wrote:

> What century are we talking about?  If it's now, inject a microchip.  
> If it's 19th-century Australia (or 19th-century anywhere), hang (i.e. 
> publicly execute) the rustlers.

The latter, and yes they did indeed have their necks stretched if and when 
caught, even though they knew the penalty (I'm carefully stepping around 
death penalty issues here).  The problem for the owner was that their 
brands could easily be altered into another brand, so what I'm asking is 
that using the technology of the day viz: branding irons, could it have 
been prevented?  An interesting intellectual exercise...

> Some problems are most easily solved by moving the goalposts to where 
> the ball is going, not the other way round.

Can I quote you on a .signature?

Dave Horsfall DTM (VK2KFU)  "Those who don't understand security will suffer."

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