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Re: "S1" encryption system (was: this looked like it might be interesting)

On Wed, 9 Aug 1995, Matt Blaze wrote:

> I don't know what to believe.  If this is a real, classified cryptosystem,
> it would be a very unusual first.  On the other hand, if this is a hoax,
> whoever did it appears to have gone to some trouble, and has included some
> interesting design features.  A third possibility, if we are to believe
> the spook markings, is that it is a re-implementation of someone else's
> cryptosystem, created for the purpose of cryptanlysis.

Two other possibilities: (1) It's merely an independently produced 
cryptosystem disguised as a "leak" to save its creator the trouble of 
asking experts to analyze it for him/her.  (2) It's a misleading / 
intentionally "wrong" version of something, "leaked" by a government 
official of whatever ilk to precipitate a legal investigation of 
Cypherpunks, remailers, etc.  (ie to show a judge to get wiretaps, etc.)

I'm skeptical of (2), but it occured to me, and one can't be too safe...

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