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Re: [Cryptography] Justice Dept. Revives Push to Mandate a Way to Unlock Phones

On 03/26/2018 10:49 AM, jamesd AT echeque.com wrote:
> On 3/26/2018 1:22 PM, Nico Williams wrote:
>> There is no crypto that beats rubber hose cryptanalysis.  This extends
>> to all technology.
> Stego beats rubber hose.
> Minimize use of cleartext headers so that they will not know where to
> apply the rubber hose.

Nope.  The "third degree of the law" is a threat that gets responses,
regardless of whether its application would be legal, regardless of
whether the people making the threats have specific knowledge of what
their victim did and how, and regardless of whether the person
threatened actually did anything wrong.  That's one of the reasons why
it's considered unconstitutional.

The rubber hose is an attack on the motivation to keep secrets, not an
attack on any technical part of the system.

The only move that beats an opponent motivated to kill you for your
secrets is the motivation to die to keep them.


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