Certicom? Who the hell is that? [Fwd: NSA Turns To Commercial
Software For Encryption]
Joseph S. Barrera III
jsb at polymathy.org
Sun Oct 26 10:19:19 PST 2003
Aren't they Canadian?
What's worse, don't they buy their elipses from French People
Who Really Are Irish (or is it the other way around)?
What is this country coming to?
- Joe :-)
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: NSA Turns To Commercial Software For Encryption
Date: 26 Oct 2003 17:26:01 -0000
From: brian-slashdotnews at hyperreal.org
To: slashdotnews at hyperreal.org
Posted by: simoniker, on 2003-10-26 16:32:00
Topic: encryption, 66 comments
from the chinese-government-buys-certicom dept.
Roland Piquepaille writes "According to eWEEK, the National
Security Agency (NSA) has picked a commercial solution for its
encryption technology needs, instead on relying on its own
proprietary code. "The National Security Agency has purchased a
license for Certicom Corp.'s elliptic curve cryptography (ECC)
system, and plans to make the technology a standard means of securing
classified communications. In the case of the NSA deal, the agency
wanted to use a 512-bit key for the ECC system. This is the
equivalent of an RSA key of 15,360 bits." This summary includes
the NIST guidelines for public key sizes and contains more details
and links about the ECC technology. Since the announcement,
Canadian Press reports that Certicom's shares more than doubled in
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