Data Encryption Still Secure

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by Jason Myers — The New Yorker, of all ‘specialist’ magazines out there, has an article on “How the NSA Cracked the Web”!

What a surprise.

For starters, as the web isn’t encrypted in the first place, it cannot be ‘cracked’. Further down into the article — and after some extensive sorting out all the mis-understandings of its obviously computer-illiterate author — the reader is finally let in on that ‘cracking success’ of the NSA: it turns out to be pretty lame and, in fact, limited mostly to compromising Microsoft’s and some other commercial software vendors’ master keys.

This got nothing to do with real decryption or with ‘cracking’ or any ‘code breaking’ whatsoever.

What’s noteworthy, though, is that it is admitted between the lines that all the “real” encryption technologies are as safe as always assumed (with e g 2048-bit keys still unbreakable). Therefore, applying these coupled with a few simple steps of protecting and securely hosting any content one might have out on the public internet continues to be the way to go.


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