Corporate Partners of NSA Plead Ignorance

Microsoft, Yahoo, and Google expressed unease Friday about the National Security Agency’s ability to bypass online security systems that protect the privacy of internet users. …

_NSAKEY was a variable name discovered in Windows NT 4Service Pack 5 (which had been released unstripped of its symbolic debugging data) in August 1999 by Andrew D. Fernandes of Cryptonym Corporation. That variable contained a 1024-bit public key. …

Any network service protected by a public key can be accessed by whoever has the corresponding secret key.

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