Communications Daily - March 21, 1997

WIRELESS INDUSTRY DOWNPLAYS BROKEN CELLULAR CODES

By Steve Geimann

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Diggs told us cost to build scanner or handset with Pentium chip to provide greater security could make phones unsuccessful as mass-market product. "This guy [Schneier] is holding us to a standard that we never attempted to achieve," he said. He said development of encryption standards was intended to "get cloners off our backs," not simply to provide privacy. "The vast majority of people are concerned not at all about whether someone can listen to their conversations," Diggs said.

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