Idiotic Cryptography Reporting
Oh, this is funny:
A team of researchers and engineers at a UK division of Franco-German aerospace giant EADS has developed what it believes is the world’s first hacker-proof encryption technology for the internet.
Gordon Duncan, the division’s government and commercial sales manager, said he was convinced that sensitive data could now be sent across the world without fear of it being spied on by hackers. “All the computer technology in the world cannot break it,” he said yesterday.
At the heart of the system is the lightning speed with which the “keys” needed to enter the computer systems can be scrambled and re-formatted. Just when a hacker thinks he or she has broken the code, the code changes. “There is nothing to compare with it,” said Mr Duncan.
EADS is in talks with the Pentagon about supplying the US military with the system, although some American defence companies are also working on what they believe will be fool-proof encryption systems.
Snake oil, absolute snake oil.
EDITED TO ADD (9/26): Steve Bellovin, who knows what he’s talking about, writes:
Actually, it’s not snake oil, it’s very solid—till it got to Marketing. The folks at EADS built a high-assurance, Type I (or the British equivalent) IP encryptor—a HAIPE, in NSA-speak. Their enemy isn’t “hackers”, it’s the PLA and the KGB++. See this and this.
Of course, Marketing did get hold of it.
David Lacey makes the same point here.