[Chugalug] Is time for crypto for non-techies class?

Dave Brockman dave at brockmans.com
Tue Jun 11 21:51:32 UTC 2013


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On 6/11/2013 5:39 PM, Stephen Kraus wrote:
> Network engineer who was arrested for child porn, refused to
> de-encrypt his hard disk. They finally broke the encryption enough
> to show he DOES have child porn

They brute-forced a HDD that contains an index of file names and
structures that they ASSUME is CP, and they also ASSUME the data files
themselves are on the as-yet unencrypted volumes.  I assume there is
some basis to the assumptions based on actual file names, but that
level of detail has not been published that I have seen.


At no point did they break encryption.  They broke a particular user's
implementation, at best, based on what I have read.

Brute Force != Breaking Encryption.

Regards,

dtb

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