05 Sep '13, 9pm

Fun speculation: Are #bitcoin thieves revealing NSA back doors?

Bitcoin is rather unique in that everyone in the world has a direct financial incentive for finding weak ECDSA private keys. Compromise a key, and you may steal those bitcoins. Now, recall a recent security incident: "Concern mounts as Google confirms Android cryptographic vulnerability" While there is zero evidence to support the following speculation, let us reconsider this Android SecureRandom bug in light of today's revelations about NSA decryption on the Internet (bullrun) . Is it possible that SecureRandom() was known to be weak by the NSA, and that bitcoin thieves simply stumbled upon the security hole first? Even entirely innocent engineering bugs are likely to be discovered by anyone with the time to iterate across all known weaknesses and platforms. Random number generators are a known vector for weaknesses in the past, after all. By extension, will bitcoin -- an...

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