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AES ANNOUNCEMENT: Monday, October 2, 2000  29 September 2000 
Source: NIST - Posted by Dave Wreski   
It appears the winner of the new encryption standard to replace DES will be announced on Monday. "The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been working with industry and the cryptographic community to develop an Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). . . .
Royal Mail Delivers Digital Signatures  28 September 2000 
Source: TechWeb - Posted by Dave Wreski   
The Royal Mail, Britain's postal service, is to offer free digital signatures to all citizens in a bid to improve consumer acceptance of e-business. From later this year, consumers will be able to collect software on a free CD-ROM from any . . .
Quantum crypto secrets from Japan  27 September 2000 
Source: TheRegister - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Mitsubishi and Hokkaido University have completed a latest round of experiments in quantum cryptography over optical fibres. The two organisations say that their quantum cryptographic system is a success, and could have important implications for optical fibre networks already in use.. . .
Cool Tool of the Week -- cryptcat  27 September 2000 
Source: Farm9 - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Cryptcat is the standard netcat enhanced with twofish encryption. Cryptcat allows you to pipe data from one host to another using encryption. "Netcat is a simple Unix utility which reads and writes data across network connections, using TCP . . .
Digital signatures pose security risk, says expert  27 September 2000 
Source: ZDNet - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Do we need to worry about government tracing and identity theft? A leading technology expert has warned that digital signatures, an increasingly prevalent Internet security technology, could hail a future devoid of privacy.. . .
SSH Techniques  27 September 2000 
Source: Linux Month - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
We've already seen one of the primary uses of ssh: it allows you to open up a terminal session to a remote system. By using "ssh" instead of telnet or rsh, you get the same ability to type commands on remote . . .
New Linux-Crypto Mailing List  27 September 2000 
Source: Marc Mutz - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
A new mailing list, dedicated to all Linux Crypto topics has just opened. It is Thanks go to all at for allowing me to host this mailing list using their majordomo, esp. to Rik van Riel.. . .
Discussing SSL and Certificates  22 September 2000 
Source: Open Group - Posted by Dave Wreski   
This document is a bit dated, but a good discussion of SSL. The Secure Sockets Layer protocol provides one means for achieving these goals and is the subject of this article. This document introduces SSL by reviewing cryptographic techniques and by . . .
GnuPG 1.0.3 Now Available  21 September 2000 
Source: - Posted by Dave Wreski   
GnuPG is a complete and free replacement for PGP. Because it does not use the patented IDEA algorithm, it can be used without any restrictions. GnuPG is a RFC2440 (OpenPGP) compliant application. This version comes with RSA support and the new . . .
Alan Goldstein: Digital signatures need seal of security approval  20 September 2000 
Source: Dallas Morning News - Posted by Dave Wreski   
A law that would allow electronic signatures to seal legally binding documents is scheduled to take effect on Oct. 1, but don't throw away your pens just yet. Electronic signatures aren't simply digital representations of the handwritten variety. In fact, they're . . .
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