Is There Really Such a Thing as Security Through Obscurity?

DARPA, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has issued an interesting Broad Agency Announcement for the SafeWare program (details here) seeking a “highly efficient and widely applicable program obfuscation method with mathematically proven security properties.” What’s going on? DARPA wants to create programs that people can run without figuring out how the programs work. […]
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Some Day Soon We May Compute Covertly in the Cloud

Imagine that you are responsible for high-performance computing for an automobile manufacturer. Car designs need body panels limiting aerodynamic drag wrapped around engines burning fuel efficiently. But it takes big computers to model aerodynamic flow and flame front propagation. So let’s say that with a major investment in hardware and staffing your company has built […]
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