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Submission + - PGP - Hacked or not? 1

SuperCharlie writes: I have been a windows desktop tech since 3.1 and around the early 2000's took the web developer direction. I am somewhat ashamed to admit that until the recent spat of news I have never investigated encryption.

After a few nights of drinking from the PGP firehose and discussing encrypting my emails and such with a fellow web developer who has about as much knowledge as me in the PGP arena we have come to a loggerhead.

He believes that some time shortly after 1996 PGP was basically compromised by the U.S. government and that any versions afterwards can quite easily be decrypted, basically making the process a waste of time.

I explained that Gpg4win and other open source PGP versions would be obvious to the community if they were compromised.

Maybe I am so uninformed that I am not even asking the right questions, so, I present this question to the /. community at large: PGP — Hacked or not?
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