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Re: don't use passwords as private keys (was Re: Using a password as a private key.)
Steve Schear wrote:
>That's why some recommend that all secret e-mail be composed and encrypted
>on a laptop while disconected from the AC mains, and better yet operated in
>an open area (a park) or a place with lots of other electrical noise (a
Not to beat an NDA horse but while we're waiting for NSA to
process our FOIA request for TEMPEST docs, are there
products available to shield a desktop box, or better, a laptop?
We're so ignorant of what's allegedly in the classified docs
that we're trying to design a glass box with RF glazing materials
supplied by a corp that makes it for buildings. It would fit over
the box, keyboard and monitor, and should shield them, but
leaves cables and power lines to solve, not counting how to get
our hands into the keyboard. As an alternative we're looking at
a reengineered CAD tablet with puck to select letters and/or
words/phrases, or maybe a voice gadget. Yeh, yeh, bugs in
the lamp, but one solution at a time.
If we get it to work, or at least credibly marketable to people more
techno-stupid than we are, following the cryptography model,
we figure we'll position it as an upscale decorative hot shit
privacy fashion statement, an anti-spy-tech ensemble made of
temperature sensitive glass to change thoughout the day or as
passions wax and wane with the market and self-image.
Retail price: oh, maybe, $25,000 for 100% assured RF protection
("Not Even NSA Can Snoop!) of your secret business communications
and sordid affairs, give or take a few leakages that'll never be missed
until the mate's PI burgles the crystal.
Someone's going to suggest a copper screen sandwiched in pinstriped
serge, but how do you see the monitor? Or a Frank Gehry-warped
Faraday cage, or god knows what's under the NDA blanket. However,
time's running out: when NSA releases those 12 TEMPEST docs next
summer that 1000% percent markup on classified TEMPEST products
is going down.
The market's going to be flooded with certified fakes, ours leading.
The brand name's a secret but you'll see it on the ticker.
Speaking of promo, we saw last night on the Free Congress site a reference
to a report titled "Cyhperpunks v. Cryptocrats: The Battle Over US Encryption
Standards," by Lisa S. Dean. We missed that in the past and the site only
cites it without a link. Anybody know of it, and how to get it? See: