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Re: [CyberCash Media hype]
On Sep 19, 5:35pm, Black Unicorn wrote:
> > The TLA's understand this concept well, which is one of the reasons they
> > classify almost everything they do. One non-obvious fact is that in the
> > environment most governments use crypto (eg. widely distributed sites with
> > key distribution channels which are more easily compromised than the
> > crypto hardware), that the design of the cipher may be easier to keep
> > secret than the key itself. As such, the use of security by obscurity
> > in the design of the cipher itself is a lot more effective than most
> > people would give it credit for.
> While this may seem to be a joke comment, it is not.
Remember that what is being secured here is almost certainly a stronger
cipher than any of us have access to (representatives of TLA's excepted :),
and so the public scrutiny issue does not arise.
I agree with Black Unicorn's phrase: security by obscurity alone is no
security. If we need a buzzphrase - which itself is questionable - then
that's about a close as we'll get.