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Re: The drumbeat against anonymity (Cellphone security?)
- To: [email protected] (Allen B. Ethridge) (Allen B. Ethridge)
- Subject: Re: The drumbeat against anonymity (Cellphone security?)
- From: Robert Rothenburg Walking-Owl <[email protected]>
- Date: Fri, 10 Feb 95 16:57:10 EST
- Cc: [email protected]
- Disorganization: State University of New York at Stony Brook
- In-Reply-To: <[email protected]>; from "Allen B. Ethridge" at Feb 8, 95 11:26 pm
- Mailer: Elm [revision: 66.25]
- Sender: [email protected]
I remember watching some of the hearings onthe DT Bill on CSPAN and seeing
the cellular industry people note that the DT Bill would make it difficult
to implement encryption/authentication measures.
> >The phone companies that are complaining about fraud have inadequately
> >arranged for security and need to adopt a mode that fixes this. Since
> >physical money can't be fed into the slots of a handheld cell phone (or
> >at least can't then be delivered to the service owner!), the solution
> >has traditionally been an account-based payment system. (Accounts can
> >also be better protected against fraud by having PINs, etc.)
> The technology to reduce cellular fraud, through encryption and
> authentication, is easily implementable, but for some reason neither
> the operating companies nor the manufacturers want it.
> In contrast, European cellular (GSM) products do implement
> encryption and authentication (at least as far as laws allow).
> GSM mobile phones can be equipped with a slot for a card that
> identifies the subscriber. Billing is based on the subscriber's
> identity, not the phone's.
> I'd say that the problem isn't just a lack of a proper payment
> model, but also an unwillingness to provide adequate technology
> to the problem. Of course, the GSM approach does nothing for anonymity
> or digital cash.
> [email protected] It's dangerous, child, to come to conclusions
> [email protected] when you don't have any facts.
> my opinions are my own Dr. Hemlock, The Eiger Sanction