Rap News on Internet Surveillance

Wow.

Posted on October 30, 2012 at 9:24 AM • 16 Comments

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FigureitoutOctober 31, 2012 7:36 PM

Hearing Orwell call us all noobs...priceless.

Also, it was a big surprise to find Juice Media on Schneier. A pleasant one.
@Yarble
--I think Bruce has a cheeky sense of humor, I haven't looked thru all the archives, but I recall when he replaced a pixie stick w/ garlic powder; which is horrible but still funny. :)

dot tilde dotNovember 1, 2012 6:37 AM

and it's not only that the message is thought provoking. he is such a good rapper in a musical sense also.

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AutolykosNovember 1, 2012 8:36 AM

Rap News is pure genius. Every single word is at the right place. And that in times when very few people still think clearly instead of deeply (to almost quote Tesla).

Clive RobinsonNovember 1, 2012 12:07 PM

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What the hell am I watching??

Good question I wish I knew...

That's why I called it the antidote to the rap song which is clear concise well structured and actually amusing.

Somebody sent me the link a little while ago with a WTF??? question attached.

All I can say is the guy giving the talk is known about in some crypto circles due to developing various types of compression algorithm that are bijective and thus unlike other more common compression systems don't suffer from "known plaintext" and other key finding short cuts. Further his other written stuff on his site is fairly readable, so I'm assuming it was an experiment and he got "camera nerves" whilst recording it.

J.D.November 1, 2012 1:00 PM

All I can say is the guy giving the talk is known about in some crypto circles due to developing various types of compression algorithm that are bijective and thus unlike other more common compression systems don't suffer from "known plaintext" and other key finding short cuts. Further his other written stuff on his site is fairly readable, so I'm assuming it was an experiment and he got "camera nerves" whilst recording it.
I am fascinated, even hypnotized, by how he over-articulates each and every syllable. If you were deaf you ought to have no problem reading his lips, even though his face is almost totally obscured. Is that an aspect of his accent, do you think? Or is it more idiomatic?

In terms of the crypto, his website definitely doesn't look like the work of a crank or snake-oil salesman. However, I am a little concerned with his "BIAES" file encryption tool. He says it uses AES CBC, in two modes: with, and without an IV (where the role of IV is replaced with a SHA-1 hash of the entire message to be encrypted).

In either case, the key is changed every 32 blocks via some key evolution algorithm. He doesn't specify exactly how the key is evolved, except to say that for the mode with an IV it "depends on the IV". Given the power of related key attacks against AES, I think he might be better off without the key evolution aspect.

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