Any future for the Crypto Stick?

Mark H. Wood mwood at IUPUI.Edu
Tue Dec 3 15:30:28 CET 2013

On Mon, Dec 02, 2013 at 07:33:22PM +0100, Peter Lebbing wrote:
> Since smartcards are primarily used for security purposes, I wouldn't be
> surprised if it responded specially to a message signed by the NSA (or encrypted
> with a symmetric cipher with a specific key known to the NSA).

I wonder how feasible that really is.  The system surrounding the card
is not under control of the card's manufacturer or anyone who might
have corrupted him.  All it takes is one knowledgable person watching
the data stream for interesting anomalies, and you have given the game
away.  The cost, as we've recently seen, could be considerable.

Mark H. Wood, Lead System Programmer   mwood at IUPUI.Edu
Machines should not be friendly.  Machines should be obedient.
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