Article posted: May 03, 2017
By Nick Budden, Partner and Security Expert at Versasec
A recent BBC.com article pointed out Public Key Cryptography (PKI), created by researchers at Stanford University in 1977, is celebrating its 40th birthday. The findings of the Stanford team were nearly silenced by a US government agency at the time, which viewed this research as "legally equivalent to exporting nuclear arms to a hostile foreign power."
But why did the US think that sharing PKI research was so damaging to national security?