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Date: 1999-01-15

Krypto: Kauft nicht bei Amerikanern

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Das Centre for Artficial Intelligence in Bangalore hat Alarm
geschlagen, dass in Indien nur solche Krypto-Software
eingesetzt werde, die von den US Diensten zu knacken sei.
Man plädiert für eine inner/indische Lösung & hat nach
eigenen Angaben die nötige Krypto-Software grossteils
schon geschrieben.
Davon, dass Indiens Regierung weltweit so ziemlich die
wildesten Abhörpläne gegen die eigene Bevölkerung hat, ist
in diesem Alarmruf nicht die Rede.

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Mayur Shetty
MUMBAI 11 JANUARY THE Defence Research and
Development Organisation (DRDO) has issued a `red alert'
against all network security software developed in the US.
And the Central Vigilance Commissioner, N Vittal, is
following up on the warning - he might make it mandatory for
all Indian banks and financial institutions to buy only software
developed in India.

The DRDO's concern about US-developed software stems
from one basic insecurity - the data traffic and network
security software that comes from the US can be easily
hacked into and could prove to be a security hazard.
Currently US software vendors can export only those
"encryption software products" that can be `broken' by the
US National Security Agency.
In a letter to the CVC, the centre for artificial intelligence of
the DRDO, Bangalore, has said that it has begun to develop
secure communication tools and will have an indigenous
prototype in place in three months.
The centre has developed software tools that protect wide
area networks from hostile attackers. It is also developing
software tools for protecting traffic passing through the

"The encryption part of the software is complete and only the
communication protocols remain to be written," the DRDO
unit's letter says. "Since the software has been written by
ourselves, there is no upper limit on the security level
provided by the encryption in the software exported from the
USA," it added.
It also points out that as per US law, ``no encryption software
products can be exported from the US if they are too strong
to be broken by the US National Security Agency''.
"Another related point is that when we buy an imported
software product that is a `black box' to us, we cannot be
sure that the software package does not contain a time bomb
of sorts, to cause havoc to the network when an external
command is issued by a hostile nation.''

Mr Vittal is also believed to have agreed to this and said he
was in favour of working towards developing the indigenous
software within three to four months. However, banks are yet
to receive any directive from the CVC on this issue.

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