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WirelessNOW Exclusive—Extra Edition

  • WirelessNOW
  • March 21, 1997

used with permission

In 1992, the wireless industry adopted an encryption system that was
deliberately made less secure than what knowledgeable experts recommended
at the time. It was accepted by the industry because it was a standard that
would meet federal export regulations and would enable digital cell phone
manufacturers to make one phone that could be sold in either the US or
abroad, thus saving money.

As a result, the potential for eavesdropping has always existed and,
some say, has been waiting for criminals with advanced techniques to…

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.