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Latest attack against TLS shows the pitfalls of intentionally weakening encryption

Lucian Constantin | March 3, 2016
Following FREAK and Logjam, DROWN is the third attack resulting from encryption algorithms that were deliberately weakened by the government.

Attacks like DROWN show the costs that Internet users continue to pay for mandated vulnerabilities in encryption that gave intelligence agencies a small, short-term advantage, Matthew Green, a cryptographer and assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Information Security Institute, wrote in a blog post. "Given that we're currently in the midst of a very important discussion about the balance of short- and long-term security, let's hope that we won't make the same mistake again."

 

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