Real World Crypto Workshop Notes (and Snowden/Aliens, Canada/Rob Ford)

SNOWDEN LIVE Q&A in circa 4 hours:

“The [US intelligence] black budget contains wording that seems to suggest that they are onto something in terms of cryptanalysis. Bruces guesses: elliptic curve cryptography (weaknesses in certain curves), general factoring or discrete log, or RC4.”

Jaap-Henk Hoepman has posted his notes on the 2014 Real World Cryptography Workshop, with lots of goodies for those of you interested in securing the unsecurable. (i.e. your computers)

The above quote is perhaps the most interesting of three days worth of notes.

Another interesting point:
“The difference between government and corporate surveillance is the cost of false positives.”

As another commentator observed recently, we now live in a world where the “Brazil” (film) parody-scenario isn’t just plausible, it’s happened. The wrong man being arrested because a fly flew into a typewriter, causing it to mis-type a letter of his name — and triggering the arrest of “Archibald Buttle” instead of “Archibald Tuttle” …?

Yeah, drones have already KILLED people over stupider mix-ups.

SNOWDEN ADMITS IT! He was helped by ALIENS! Ok, maybe not exactly, but his interview denying the “Russian spy” allegations is pretty awesome.
“Snowden went on to poke fun at the range of allegations that have been made against him in the media without intelligence officials providing some kind of factual basis: “ ‘We don’t know if he had help from aliens.’ ‘You know, I have serious questions about whether he really exists.’ ””

Finally! Canadians have solved their country’s biggest problem — a snooze-fest political system with no engagement value whatsoever.

The solution? Just keep Rob Ford in office!

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