[Announce] GnuPG's 10th birthday

Robert J. Hansen rjh at sixdemonbag.org
Sat Dec 22 01:30:51 CET 2007

Mark H. Wood wrote:
> If terrorists are using PGP it is probably because they haven't
> thought about it very much.

To agree with Mark and add a bit more detail--

The United States government has two major intelligence goals for people
of such extreme interest as bin Laden.  They're not picky about which
goal is achieved, so long as one of them is achieved.

	1.  Intercept their communications and learn of future
	2.  Find where they are and send the Marines over to
	    gatecrash the party

In the early days of the Afghan campaign the Taliban commanders were
coordinating their troops with satellite phones.  We coordinated our
satellite-guided bombs with their satellite phones.  Problem solved.
The survivors have undoubtedly learned not to trust any technology more
complex than a frying pan.

Electronic cryptography is almost certainly not being used in a
substantial way by terror groups.  It will help keep the content of your
communications secure.  It will not help hide who you are, where you
are, nor with whom you're communicating.

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