Is Round Two of the Crypto Wars Upon Us?

Last week I sent off a book review in which, among other things, I fretted about a possible second round to the Crypto Wars. (See my papers on the Clipper chip and its aftermath for info about round one.)

Although I believed what I wrote, I did worry, as I often do, that maybe I was being a little alarmist. Now this:

Symantec refuses to sell audit tool outside the US | The Register: Symantec has stopped selling a password auditing tool to customers outside the US and Canada, citing US Government export regulations.

The Reg says Symantic confirms this block is due to government regulations, but won’t give details. So we don’t know if they’re being over-cautious … or were leaned on.

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