posted Aug 04, 2002

'Quite a number of us who participated in the early Internet protocol design were from the computer security research side, and did our best to make the Internet architecture secure from the start. But the NSA (I am told) told DARPA that any attempt to introduce security mechanisms into TCP/IP's architecture would be viewed very negatively. (This happened at about the same time that Rivest, et al. received a mysterious threatening letter from a senior military official claiming that their work on the RSA cipher must be stopped immediately)....'

'It makes me more than a little angry to see a ["Security czar" Richard Clarke] who works for the government implicitly blaming the very people who pointed out the problem and tried to solve it.'

 

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