They'll stay in business... hard to imagine the executive branch dropping one of its tools -- and whether or not they're falling behind, the cost of not trying is too high. There are still people alive who experienced Pearl Harbor.posted by Twang at 4:44 PM on February 19, 2001
Their problem, I think, is that thousands of alternative systems are being explored and created. Defeating most of them is probably relatively trivial, but the sheer volume must be daunting.
Wired had an interesting story today about research into the use of steganography in WAVs and other image files.posted by Twang at 7:41 PM on February 20, 2001
Not all that many years ago, of courwse, NSA did not have compuers, that is-e-mail etc to contend with. The book that gave the insights into the agency is now very obsolete because of techological evolution. But then this note might also be monitored, right?
For sure, all the books are ancient history. As for the Net, it was first developed by DARPA, and most of the original web browsers were developed with Fed funding. Considering that, and the topography of the net, I'm sure they have a very good handle on plaintext content.
I always assume that everything I write and send out this wire is potentially going to run through a big brother computer somewhere... or might be someday. This assumption does encourage me to select me syntax more carefully.posted by Twang at 8:03 PM on February 20, 2001
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