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Re: Orwell's country wants Big Brother backdoor in Vista cipher!
From: Leif Ericksen <leife () dls net>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2006 08:02:10 -0600

Yikes but go figure...  That is step one at this point to many old farts
around that would fight more intense step that is yet on the horizon.  I
see it coming some day and it is inevitable...  Does anybody else know
what step 2 is going to be when the old farts are gone?  OR at least
they can cram it down the throat of society starting with the younger
ones...  AKA the Children?

Ok it goes something like this.  TCPA is fully enacted on the hardware
and almost a software level.  But then again you might not need it on
the software level, because of WorldGrid.  Now your system will have no
local hard drive, will have a flash ROM for the OS (Mac is now going to
Intel so it will be easer for this to happen) ALL software vendors are
attached to world grid so you will always have access to the latest and
greatest software available.  In comes Micro Transaction Billing.  You
will be charged a certain small amount to run the software you desire.
Your files will be safe and secure on the grid as well so no matter
where in the world you go you can always have access to your data.
The story continues but I am sure you all can see the stage.  Now of
course your data is 'safe' because you can encrypt it on the Grid with
your own password that you create.  IF you have proper TCPA registration
you are allowed on the grind and as thus on the Internet, if you do not
sorry access denied!  Back to the old days of using a modem on a BBS, or
use of packet radio and the like.

When the Governments of the world start and companies start trying to do
this we know it will be the end of computers as we know them today.  But
as far as back doors in encryption goes, you seen these stories pop up
every now and again.  The only way to prevent a back door is to create
your own security system and not put in a back door for your own use.

That is the way things go in our great big an wonderful world.

Leif Ericksen  
On Fri, 2006-02-17 at 12:56 +0100, Feher Tamas wrote:
Hello all,


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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