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Orwell's country wants Big Brother backdoor in Vista cipher!
From: Feher Tamas <etomcat () freemail hu>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2006 12:56:47 +0100 (CET)
According to the above article from BBC News, the british
parliament is urging Blair government to negotiate with
Microsoft to implement a backdoor into the strong hard disk
encryption module of upcoming Windows Vista from day one.
The interior affairs committe of MPs heard testimony by
Cambridge security design expert Ross Anderson. The
academican said new TPM-based "BitLocker Drive Encryption"
schemes in Microsoft Vista would be too difficult to break
in the short timeframe terror suspects can be held without
charge and thus cases could collapse for lack of evidence as
detainees avoid self-incrimination by inventing tales of
lost keys and passwords.
The expert's answer is to put a backdoor into the BitLocker
program code to bypass password and key checks. Critics
argue this move would be hypocrisy, since the TPM based
encryption method was invented to protect the interests of
music and movie industry in the first place, who wanted to
base their DRM schemes on encrypted files, which cannot be
modified, ripped or shared meaningfully. Thus encryption is
strong when used against the users, but would become weak or
non-existent when people could use it for personal legal
Regards: Tamas Feher from Hungary.
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- Orwell's country wants Big Brother backdoor in Vista cipher! Feher Tamas (Feb 17)