In 2013, Reuters reported that documents released by Edward Snowden indicated that the NSA had paid RSA Security $10 million to make Dual_EC_DRBG the default in their encryption software, and raised further concerns that the algorithm might contain a backdoor for the NSA.
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They are just making this hubub to throw people off. They have key loggers and ways to view your screens that can not be detected with normal means. Using some other form of network that is hard to spot. Don your tin foil hats cause they can read brain waves too. Who really knows? With all the things I have read on USB and viruses being able to bridge air gaps; I don't know, it could very well be as advanced as I am making fun of. Mosquito sized drones and all.
That's true, and it shows that the ONOZ OMG TERRAISTS!!1! rhetoric is a pack of lies. You've listed (setting aside the facetious "tin foil hats" part) some techniques available to the government for monitoring legitimate targets of suspicion. However, it wants to snoop on everybody, and those techniques don't scale large enough to make that possible.
The point here is that the backdoor could be a second key instead of a way to break your key. Assuming that second key is also resistant to breaking then you haven't introduced any vulnerabilities to an outsider--assuming that the second key is kept secure. And that, it must be admitted, is a pretty damn big if.
That makes it an exercise in futility, easily defeated by hacking the system to substitute some other second key (which could be random gibberish, since it's not actually used, just put in to defeat the backdoor).
any reference to evolution will also be forbidden
Who knew that the Islamic State was run by the GOP?
Children don't like rules and think that the ends always justify the means.
Time to clean up the Romper Room in Washington DC and put adults in charge.
No one trusts our software now. This is horrible for our economy.
Well, then, you need to throw out the bastards in government who caused that to happen with their bad policies.
Now we might not get to eat too.
Well, then, you need to do it quickly.
Is the world safer?
Yes. The revelations, and public reactions to them (the real public reaction as expressed in the marketplace, not whatever jaw-flapping occurs in response to some inane telemarkepollster call) have led to security improvements. The fact that it has also led to the entertaining spectacle of useless bureaucrats running around pissing and moaning and whining and generally making fools of themselves in public is just a bonus.