Absolute forward secrecy

swat-team-e1302113424146 (1)Case scenario: Alice and Bob are emailing messages back and forth between them. They know their email is not secure, so they use encryption to preserve their privacy. Suddenly, SWAT teams break simultaneously into Alice’s and Bob’s apartments. Their respective computers are seized and they are asked at gunpoint for their encryption keys. Can their prior conversation, which has been duly recorded before the break-in, remain private?

Answer: it can, but it requires a very stringent form of secrecy, which I will call Absolute Forward Secrecy (AFS). This is one step beyond Perfect Forward Secrecy (PFS), which is touted a lot these days. In this article, I discuss the different kinds of forward secrecy, and how to obtain the absolute kind with a minimum of hassle. Read More

We’re back!

Yes, the rumors of our death were somewhat exaggerated. It all started when our web host, Wizzerwerks.com, disappeared into thin air without any warning around May 23rd. It took all our content down with it, so we’ll see how much can we get back. My hopes are high; after all, doesn’t the NSA have a copy of everything?

Wizzerdwerks was an awesome web host while it lived. The new host is SiteGround, which has high ratings online that seem legitimate. Even better, the files are located in the Netherlands, and if someone were to mess with them this could start a nasty diplomatic situation. This is why the Dutch flag is proudly displayed in this post.