posted Nov 25, 2001

FBI software cracks encryption wall

'The FBI is developing software capable of inserting a computer virus onto a suspect's machine and obtaining encryption keys, a source familiar with the project told The software, known as "Magic Lantern", enables agents to read data that had been scrambled, a tactic often employed by criminals to hide information and evade law enforcement.'

There are obvious concerns about this, which I share. The article of course mentions them.

I'm skeptical about this, though. Carnivore was plausible, even before its existance was confirmed. This is a bit more far out. Writing code that runs on all versions of Windows is hard enough; writing functional stealth code is orders of magnitude harder. I'm not sure even Microsoft could pull it off.

I'll say this, though. I like Windows XP, but the only program I need is Radio Userland. If this is ever confirmed, I'm becoming a three-Linux house. Period.



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