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They are using PGP which is very secure...
Originally posted by ferretman2
They are using PGP which is very secure...
It's not as secure as one would think.....PGP can be cracked.
Any country with the proper resources will be able to trace the documents.
3.2. Can't you break PGP by trying all of the possible keys?
This is one of the first questions that people ask when they are first
introduced to cryptography. They do not understand the size of the
problem. For the IDEA encryption scheme, a 128 bit key is required.
Any one of the 2^128 possible combinations would be legal as a key,
and only that one key would successfully decrypt all message blocks.
Let's say that you had developed a special purpose chip that could try
a billion keys per second. This is FAR beyond anything that could
really be developed today. Let's also say that you could afford to
throw a billion such chips at the problem at the same time. It would
still require over 10,000,000,000,000 years to try all of the possible
128 bit keys. That is something like a thousand times the age of the
known universe! While the speed of computers continues to increase and
their cost decrease at a very rapid pace, it will probably never get
to the point that IDEA could be broken by the brute force attack.
3.4. Can the NSA crack RSA?
This question has been asked many times. If the NSA were able to crack
RSA, you would probably never hear about it from them. The best
defense against this is the fact the algorithm for RSA is known
worldwide. There are many competent mathematicians and cryptographers
outside the NSA and there is much research being done in the field
right now. If any of them were to discover a hole in RSA, I'm sure
that we would hear about it from them. I think that it would be hard
to hide such a discovery. For this reason, when you read messages on
USENET saying that "someone told them" that the NSA is able to break
pgp, take it with a grain of salt and ask for some documentation on
exactly where the information is coming from.
3.9. What is the best way to crack PGP?
Currently, the best attack possible on PGP is a dictionary attack on
the pass phrase. This is an attack where a program picks words out of
a dictionary and strings them together in different ways in an attempt
to guess your pass phrase.
This is why picking a strong pass phrase is so important. Many of
these cracker programs are very sophisticated and can take advantage
of language idioms, popular phrases, and rules of grammar in building
their guesses. Single-word "phrases", proper names (especially famous
ones), or famous quotes are almost always crackable by a program with
any "smarts" in it at all.
"According to a real official memo, now circulating amongst us, what Wikileaks will put up will be actual but very dated controversial documents and also heavily larded with deliberate disinformation. “Secret documents’ are even now being prepared in various agencies, including my own (I have access to this project) for postings."
"In one case, a gentleman had searched for material on the Christian Gospels and within an hour, his mail box was stuffed with religious notices, fact sheets, requests for money and other support. Most of these obnoxious and unwanted communications came from Evangelical Christian groups. In the first week, this individual received over 700 emails and by the end of the month, the total had exceeded 2000."
"And while on this subject, curious people had best be careful when searching Google for forbidden topics. Certain key words trigger immediate notification of the competent federal agency. For example, if someone wants to know about port security, the DHS is automatically notified, meth manufacture goes to the DEA and the FBI gets sexually forbidden topic seekers (sex with pre-teen goats?)."
If you want to know about Benjamin Franklin, or baseball giants, don’t worry, but if you ask about the Ricin patent or shaped charges, expect a quick visit. (For a quick visit, considering the usual performances of government agencies, read six weeks. And they will more than likely raid your neighbor or someone on a different street.)
Again, it is highly recommended that those seeking information use the Encyclopedia Britannica website and save yourself a great deal of trouble.
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