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RSA: Elite cryptographers scoff at idea that law enforcement can ‘overcome’ encryption

Tim Greene | Feb. 16, 2017
Pioneers of cryptography also find artificial intelligence no threat to their trade

Landau says there needs to be more math research into quantum-resistant cryptography. The current efforts lag behind what went into creating the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and should be stepped up.

And about that election…

The security of the U.S. presidential elections should have been audited to erase doubts of their validity, Rivest says. Election officials had the ability to check the integrity of the hardware and software used, but didn’t. “There’s no proof now,” he says. Auditing would have been good hygiene to determine whether the election technology was hacked. Rivest calls for 100% paper ballots which can be readily recounted and verified.

Landau, who is a professor of cybersecurity policy, says the hack of Democratic National Committee emails was nothing new in terms of what was stolen and how. “The way the information was used was new,” she says. “The drip, drip, drip of information,” had a more powerful effect on public opinion than dumping it all at once would have.


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