Cybersecurity Must Be Free

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Full Title or Meme

The arts and sciences of Cryptography or secret writing depends on secrecy. Those with a secret to hide want to protect it. Those that can break Cryptography do not want their adversaries to know about that capability.

Context

  • As long as secret writing has existed, adversaries have tried to detect when it is used and to break the code and read the secret information.
  • During the second World War, the Allies were able to read many of the German and Japanese encrypted messages. It was critical to the continued availability of this that the Allies not let their adversaries know about the capability because that would cause them to further strengthen their encoding methods and so close off the information. This information was not released until 1974.[1]
  • The NSA and the UK had both created public key cryptography techniques but treated them with the same level of protection that was given to the Ultra Secrets of WWII. When the Diffie Hellman paper was published in 1976, they were appalled that such information was public and warned the IEEE that allow the export of such information was a "exporting technical articles on encryption and cryptology—a technical field which is covered by Federal Regulations, viz: ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations, 22 CFR 121-128)." And the presenting the information in a international symposium could be prosecuted.[2]

References

  1. Frederick William Winterbotham, The Ultra Secret Harper & Row (1974-01-01) ISBN 978-0060146788
  2. Henry Corrigan-Gibbs (December 2014). "Keeping Secrets". Stanford Magazine – Stanford Alumni Association. (2014-11). https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/magazine/article/?article_id=74801