MachineOfTheMonth: Decryption for the masses [GnuPG]Jun 10, 2000, 17:08 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Let's say that President Bill Clinton wants the American public to read a statement by him. It could be a long speech (a state of the union address) or it might be a short statement (concerning a specific topic). How is Bill going to make sure that the exact words he used are what make it to the newspapers and onto cnn?"
"Let's ask another question. A few months back, the popular radio personality Art_Bell was involved unwillingly in a controversy about a supposed letter he authored and posted to a newsgroup. This letter was not something that he wanted to be associated with and he received a lot of hate mail because of it. Mail from people that thought it came from him just because his name was on it. Certainly, in this day and age, emails can be forged and things of that nature."
"So how can a person make sure that they are protected from unscrupulous individuals that want to put words in their mouth to serve their own purposes? Again, we will look to some of the basic features of the GnuPG program and of public-key cryptography in general. Seeing how this works will provide a solution to the two situations above, theoretically."
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