OpenPGP Card implementation

Johan Wevers johanw at
Tue Nov 14 13:06:02 CET 2006

Werner Koch wrote:

>Thanks to the pay-tv's lawyers and the tv card crackers the problems
>on selling certain crypto cards exists.  The rumour goes that they
>blackmail the chip vendors (like Atmel) to stop processing chips which
>are too easy to be used by tv card crackers. I call that "security
>through lawyers".

Is it very hard to design such a card from scratch, and very expensive
to have it produced as custom hardware? I'm sure there are enough
chip-producing companies in China who don't give a damn about western

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