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

Link: http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/10/26/1550237
Posted by: simoniker, on 2003-10-26 16:32:00
Topic: encryption, 66 comments

   from the chinese-government-buys-certicom dept.
   [1]Roland Piquepaille writes "According to eWEEK, the National
   Security Agency (NSA) has [2]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 [3]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." [4]This summary includes
   the NIST guidelines for public key sizes and contains more details
   and links about the ECC technology. Since [5]the announcement,
   Canadian Press reports that [6]Certicom's shares more than doubled in

   [7]Click Here 


   1. http://radio.weblogs.com/0105910/
   2. http://www.eweek.com/print_article/0,3048,a=110561,00.asp
   3. http://www.certicom.com/
   4. http://radio.weblogs.com/0105910/2003/10/26.html
   5. http://www.certicom.com/about/pr/03/031024_nsadeal.html
   6. http://www.canada.com/news/business/story.asp?id=04C5E67A-D640-4372-9E9E-A906EDDA8EBA
   7. http://ads.osdn.com/?ad_id=78&alloc_id=1118&site_id=1&request_id=1015416&op=click&page=%2farticle%2epl

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