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[ NNSquad ] Claims that UK government wants to decrypt all Internet traffic via "black boxes"

Claims that UK government wants to decrypt all Internet traffic via "black boxes"

http://j.mp/MLP5Bn  (Channel 4)

   "Internet and phone firms are preparing to install "black boxes" to
    monitor UK internet and phone traffic, and decode encrypted messages -
    including Facebook and GMail messages."

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My immediate impression is that this story flags my "they don't know
what they're talking about" alarm.  However, speaking theoretically,
any attack by the UK government on the PKI on such a scale would not
only be notably complex, but endure immense blowback and relatively
easily implemented workarounds.  I can't even begin to emphasize the
degree.  And Google would seem unlikely to play along with such a
scheme quietly.

Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren 
Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org 
 - Data Wisdom Explorers League: http://www.dwel.org
 - Network Neutrality Squad: http://www.nnsquad.org 
 - Global Coalition for Transparent Internet Performance: http://www.gctip.org
 - PRIVACY Forum: http://www.vortex.com 
Member: ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy
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