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Public Key Infrastracture gone wrong (or why you MUST have Windows to function in S. Korea)

Gen Kanai writes about S. Korea’s dependence on Internet Exploder due to misplanning a Public Key Infrastructure

South Korean legislation did not allow 40 bit encryption for online transactions (and Bill Clinton did not allow for the export of 128 bit encryption until December 1999) and the demand for 128 bit encryption was so great that the South Korean government funded (via the Korean Information Security Agency) a block cipher called SEED. SEED is, of course, used nowhere else except South Korea

one legacy of the fall of Netscape is that Korean computer/Internet users only have an Active X control to do any encrypted communication online

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