State dept warns against AES?

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  1. Sheldon7

    Sheldon7 Registered Member

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    http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/89272.pdf


    The Bureau of Information Resource Management's Radio Programs Branch (IRM/OPS/ITI/LWS/RPB) provides all overseas missions two-way radios equipped with Digital Encryption Standard (DES) or Advance Encryption Standard (AES). These encryption algorithms provide limited protection from unauthorized interception of voice communications and are only approved for the transmission of Department of State Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) and Department of Defense For Official Use Only (FOUO) communications. Under no circumstances should DES- or AES-equipped radios be used for the transmission of classified information, as defined by Executive Order 12958.


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  2. CloneRanger

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    I can only think that this might mean that the US, believe one or more non US countries have the capability to break it somehow !

    Either they know it has been already, or they think it could be anytime soon. Maybe the US has already broken it, so they believe if they can so might others ?
     
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    It only warns against AES for data info that falls under Executive Order 12958 and seems vital for security of the nation. Otherwise, it seems it is still very much used in the field
     
  4. CloneRanger

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    Originally Posted by Cudni

    Exactly, and they obviously don't trust it :D

    Agreed.
     
  5. Carver

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    I find the source of the warning a little bit self-serving.
     
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