How NOT to Introduce Backdoors in Encryption Algorithms

Posted by Scott on Nov 15th, 2007

Crypto geeks are buzzing with today’s Bruce Schneier article in Wired. Schneier questions some suspicious contributions by the NSA to the random number generator of a forthcoming encryption standard. Unfortunately, the most likely conclusion to draw is that a backdoor is being deliberately introduced. It will be interesting to see how this plays out over the next few weeks. Meeting March 20: Security and Cryptography in Ruby and Rails

Posted by Scott on Mar 10th, 2007

Attention local Rubyists! The third meeting of the user group is coming up soon. This month we’ll have Brian DeLacey speaking about using crypto algorithms in your Ruby code. He’ll be demonstrating the Crypt library, which is written entirely in Ruby.

The objective of this meeting is two-fold: to address some interesting Ruby techniques and also walk through the basic structure and operations of a Rails application. We’ll have some Ruby and Rails books to raffle off at the end of the meeting – special thanks to O’Reilly Media.

Brian is an excellent speaker and has been making the rounds giving talks at many user groups in the Boston area. Mark your calendars, you won’t want to miss this presentation!

WHEN: Tuesday, March 20, 2007. 7-9 PM.
WHERE: Portsmouth Public Library, Hilton Garden Inn Meeting Room (2nd floor), Portsmouth, NH.

For more details, including a map of the meeting location, see our upcoming meetings page on the wiki.

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