Nobody ever seems to ask these bozos the obvious question. Why don't they get the NSA to design this magical system? It would have to be open source so that anyone can implement and rigorously test it but that is not hard.
The NSA has a Lot of very smart people. Why can't they 'nerd harder'?
I am always amazed at the near total lack of foresight by the engineering teams that put these things together. There is little to no security built in. They always seem surprised when somebody hacks into their pretty little gadget.
Who writes the specifications for these things, The three Stooges? Was the requirement deleted by management? Was the entire project done by recent graduates with no adult supervision?
Netflix has to accept the regional licensing dike to offer content. The VPNs keep poking holes in the dike. Netflix pounds corks into the holes they find. They know it is a futile effort but they must do it to please the technically challenged suppliers.
The fun part comes when one of the creator/suppliers figures it all out and drops the regional foolishness and releases worldwide on the same day. How the rest react to the heresy will be interesting. Bring popcorn.
I see two possibilities here. 1. Chaum is an incredibly naive nerd that really does not understand the actual issue. 2. He is not getting the attention he things he should for his work and figures that his system will be a wonderful pr tool. Possibly both.
Besides, how do you select the nine persons with keys? How do you guarantee they are not compromised. Any reliance on the human elements is doomed to fail.
You cannot be too careful about those office supplies. A sharpened #2 pencil can be deadly if used to stab between the ribs. It punctures the heart and they will bleed out before anyone can save them. I don't recall which ribs, I saw it in a movie decades ago.
The damage that can be done with a letter opener is also scary. Then there is a network cable used as a garrote.
What they need at the DEA and many other federal agencies is a serious set of middle management purges, followed up by clear and explicit policy changes. To be followed by ass kicking and/or further purges for noncompliance.
The only way to remove a cancer this far along is with some radical surgery. Those are MY tax dollars paying those worthless scum and I am Not happy.
I can't blame them for being flinchy about the whole mess. I suspect some of this had to be due to the retiring Librarian of Congress being technologically clueless in the first degree. Hopefully the new one will understand something more advanced than a dial telephone.
I don't know if they are allowed to 'clarify' these rules after they are issued, or if we will have to wait three years.
I quit counting the number of so-called news sites that I have stopped reading because they shutdown comments. Worse are the ones that require the use of a 'verified' Facebook ID. Verified means that I had to volunteer my phone number so they could resell it to a 'business associate'. My giving it up lets them ignore the do not call list. Slimy weasels.
Yes, I avoid sites where the noise level is too high, but usually there was nothing there in the first place.
The phones were the property of Capital One. When they were fired they returned the phones to Capital One. If they did not delete the 'personal' information from the phone does that information now belong to Capital One?
Can the government compel them to turn over the passwords to inspect Capital Ones property. How would this be different that if they knew the only password to a data server?
I can imagine a few things that are more stupid than suing Marc Randazza over something like this. Even if he is widely no for his soft spoken and tolerant demeanor it is a bad idea to sue. Similar to walking up and kicking a bear cub with its' mother near by.