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Bruce Schneier, Harvard Berkman Center Fellow, recently talked with Edward Snowden, who spoke using video chat from 4,500 miles away in Moscow, before an audience at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. 
 
Schneier and Snowden emphasized that the cryptography that the NSA uses is not spectacular. They said the math of the encryption can work, but it is not “groundbreaking.” They also pointed out that the academic world is not lagging behind what the NSA does. There is no black art of computer security that the NSA has that others do not.
 
The NSA attacks cryptography at the end points. It goes around the encryption. Encryption is not attacked computationally.
 
 
 
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