American and British Spy Agencies Have INTENTIONALLY Weakened Security for Many Decades
January 11, 2014
Making Us All Less Safe In the Process
Norway’s largest newspaper (Aftenposten) reports today that British spies pressured the developers of cellphone standards in the 1980s to intentionally weaken the cellphone’s encryption:
The British argued that the key length had to be reduced [the longer the key length, the stronger the encryption]. Among other things they wanted to make sure that a specified Asian country should not have the opportunity to escape surveillance.
We are still now having an encryption that is about 1000 times weaker than originally planned.
That means that it probably would have taken longer time for NSA and others to crack the encryption, and a certain amount of eavesdropping would have been avoided.
In other words, hackers can break into cellphone calls much more easily because the British spied intentionally made the encryption 1,000 times weaker than it otherwise would have been.