Re: Brin on privacy

Hara Ra (
Mon, 30 Dec 1996 23:01:20 -0800

Lyle Burkhead wrote:

> If encryption were as common as curtains and envelopes, then it
> wouldn't attract attention. But it isn't that common.
I recall a conversation about how to mask encrypted messages on the
My suggestion was to make it unlikely that such files be looked at
closely. A
suitable method would be to name such files xxxx.exe, as nobody ever
looks at
these as most object code looks like gibberish anyway. A bit more subtle
is to
write the crypto program to output cyphertext using actual 808xxx
opcodes and

My favorite story on this topic is Poe's "The Purloined Letter"

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