Microsoft to have DRM epiphany in three months

Posted by Matthew on Thursday December 5, 2002 @11:26AM

from the smoke-and-mirrors dept.


Matthew writes: Microsoft executives have announced that they are about three months away from realizing that they can market Digital Rights Management technology as a security tool for consumers. Currently, DRM has not gained acceptance because consumers have no reason to accept the ability to keep them from copying data. Publishers have failed to provide any reason why consumers should pay extra for DRM technology and hardware when it doesn’t benefit the consumer.

“In three months or so, some of our technology people are going to be brainstorming over subway at lunch about DRM—you know, the old “how we can convince people that DRM is good for them” problem, when one of our guys is going to have a major Epiphany.

We expect it to go something like this:—‘wait a second! We can use DRM to protect secret documents from being opened by unintended recipients and copied off of servers! Imagine permissions that travel with the document, as an e-mail attachment, or on CD-ROM or tape backup! We can rebuild the permissions architecture of Longhorn [The next version of Windows] around DRM! This is how we can get people to accept Palladium! Man, we’ll be able to integrate DRM document protection into office, and that will get corporations buying Palladium in a big way. Wait a second, the open source guys can’t do DRM, so this is a way to add value that that damned Linux can’t match! Nice!’

Microsoft plans to kick off a huge “DRM as private security” initiative within days of the realization, as soon as idea gains traction and goes viral within the company.

Scientist develops unbreakable encryption

Posted by Michael on Saturday November 9, 2002 @12:36AM

from the my-encryption-ate-my-homework dept.


Squid writes: A scientist at MIT claims he has developed the world’s first completely unbreakable encryption method. According to his paper, “while a long enough one-time pad provides good encryption, it can still be decrypted by anyone with a copy of the pad. This system eliminates that last vulnerability.” The new system uses a random number generator, and instead of transmitting encoded data, it transmits the random numbers themselves. The resulting message cannot be decrypted by anyone, including the recipient.

Reaction to this development has been swift, with the US government restricting export of the encryption scheme and the usual crowd trying to fit the algorithm onto a T-shirt. Meanwhile, Microsoft is claiming that the algorithm violates their software patent for a feature already included in Microsoft Word.

Navel-Gazing Crypto Researchers Unite Biometrics and Key Generation

Posted by Captain Shenanigan on Monday September 23, 2002 @01:07PM

from the What-are-you-afraid-of-anyway dept.


Jorgen Hansensensen, a noted San Diego cryptographic researcher, has done it again. As reported earlier, Jorgen introduced to the world a new encryption algorithm actually invented by his toddler son, Hans. This time it is his own work, however, that is drawing international attention.

Submitted recently to the Cryptographic Research and Applications Publication, a peer-reviewed journal exploring advances in cryptosystems and their application in society, is his latest paper: The Belly-Button as a Temporally-Limited Biometric Means for Identifying Individuals and for Random Seed Generation in Support of Key Exchange. Read the rest of this entry »

Chromographic Encryption — Toddler Discovers Algorithm

Posted by Matthew on Saturday August 24, 2002 @10:30PM

from the unknown dept.


Looks like Math prodigies are getting younger all the time. This story tells of a 3 year old boy who encrypted his father’s work with a red marker. His father developed the decryption technology, which consists of a key made of red cellophane. They are persuing a patent right now. Can anyone think of any existing art that might cover this? Read the rest of this entry »