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UK Government Seeks Power to Demand Encryption Keys

A new law proposes to allow UK police to request the master key for encrypted files. Anyone who refuses to comply with the request can be imprisoned for up to two years. In a terrorism investigation, that penalty can be increased up to five years of jail time.

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What if the encrypted message contained a dialogue on over-throwing the prime minister? Boy would those guys faces be red…I'm sure the world would have a good chortle then. I have a better idea, we should throw the lot of them in jail for using a door on the privy. The "powers-that-be" need to watch you take a wee, it's one of those national security things.

Go back to bed citizens!

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May 21, 2006 Posted by | encryption, Privacy, Security | Leave a comment

Self-Study Course in Block Cipher Cryptanalysis

This is an amazing course put together by Bruce Schneier. Everything you need to prep for that job in CTU; and it's free, of course.

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May 20, 2006 Posted by | Privacy, Security | Leave a comment

DOJ files to block AT&T suit “under cover of night”

The Dept. of Justice went ahead and filed to dismiss the class-action wiretap/data-mine suit against AT&T, claiming it is protecting state secrets.

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May 14, 2006 Posted by | Politics, Privacy, Security | Leave a comment

Houston Police Chief Wants To Put Surveillance Cameras In Your Private Home

“I know a lot of people are concerned about Big Brother, but my response to that is, if you are not doing anything wrong, why should you worry about it?” – Police Chief Harold Hurtt

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February 19, 2006 Posted by | Politics, Privacy, Security | Leave a comment