Sunday, September 11, 2016

TSA keys are similar to Federal encryption backdoors

The TSA has long had master keys for each type of TSA padlock. Stolen keys have purportedly been available for some time, but someone used a picture of the TSA keys posted to the Washington Post to create 3d printable keys.

When any organization proposes that governments be allowed to have extra keys to citizen's encrypted traffic, this is exactly what we are going to get.

Any crypto system that has multiple keys is more vulnerable than a system that has one key.
And protecting keys is hard if you have to distribute them.

Microsoft Natural Keyboard

I've used this keyboard since 1999.
Today I took it apart and cleaned it up. I'm not going to show you pictures from before. But here are some shots after.

I ran the keys through the dishwasher. That cleaned them up nicely. The rest of the keyboard had to be wiped down by hand.
Pieces. The dishwasher cleaned up the keys nicely.

I'm hoping I can get a few more years out of this keyboard.