If the NSA did have the keys to the backdoor in a random number generator it could break some encryption without trouble.
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IT Editor, Software & Hardware
I’m MIT Technology Review’s IT editor for hardware and software and enjoy a diverse diet of algorithms, Internet, and human-computer interaction with chips on the side. Working in our San Francisco office, I cover new ideas about what computers can do for us, whether they spring from tech giants, new startups, or academic labs.
My journey to the West Coast started in a small English town called Wantage and took in the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, and five years writing and editing technology news coverage at New Scientist magazine.
Tom Simonite's Stories
Earth-bound challenges will determine the success of Facebook and Google's plans to use balloons, drones and satellites to spread Internet access.
Governments already dabbling with authoritarian control of the Internet could be spurred on by learning of NSA surveillance.
A novel way of using LTE will see Google's phone download data at 60 megabits per second on Sprint's network.
A small cell network over the company's HQ could herald new competition for established carriers.
"Character-driven dialogue" will help the virtual assistant evolve, says an Apple job ad.
iPhone users are apparently keen to avoid relying on Apple's new mapping app.
The prototypes, code-named "Fishbowl", make encrypted calls, and may be emulated by handset manufacturers.
Rounding up reaction to the news that the companies will collaborate on smart phones.
TV apps debut that pop-up automatically to offer extra content related to the show you're watching.