Encryptions—What You Need to Know. I have some good news and bad news. A company (maybe more than one) has come up with encryptions that once they sell them, the company itself cannot decode them. The bad news is that ISIS has bought some of these encryptions.
This means that ISIS can communicate among themselves, coding words in such a manner that only those with that particular encryption can decipher them, and nobody else can figure out what they’re saying. Terror attacks can be planned with little fear of anyone knowing what they are planning. That’s probably what scares FBI Director James Comey when he says he’s overwhelmed. Comey says they have been able to keep up with ISIS up to now, but now they can’t. I imagine the encryptions that ISIS bought are the main reason.
Nobody in their right mind in a civilized country would sell ISIS encryptions that can hide their terror acts or planned terror attacks, but ISIS is not stupid, and I’m sure came up with legitimate sounding companies to buy the encryptions.
For those of you not familiar with encryptions, they go back to WWI, but came to prominence in WWII. Although several Native American Indian Tribes participated in the encryptions used by all the military services, the Marines in particular, the most successful encryptions were provided by the Navajos in the Pacific Theater of WWII. The Japanese were never able to decode or decipher the Navajo spoken words.
There were originally 29 Navajo Codetalkers, sometimes referred to as Windtalkers because of the movie starring Nicholas Cage and Christian Slater that made them famous. The last of the original 29 Codetalkers, Chester Nez, died last year.
What made the Navajos so difficult to decode were the words themselves, and the many nuances of the language. The Japanese tried to have people trained to decode the language, but it proved more formidable than they thought, and they gave up. They did capture a Navajo during WWII, but he was not a Codetalker, and himself did not know how to decode the encryptions. The Japanese, as did every country, had decoding machines, but the machines were useless when it came to the Navajo language.
The Navajos, as well as other Native Americans, were honored for their work in WWII, as they well should have been.
How can these modern encryptions, once they are sold, not be decipherable by the company that sold them? I’m no expert when it comes to encryptions, but I can give you a logical explanation, or at least how I would have done it if I were manufacturing the encryptions. I couldn’t have done it myself, but I’m sure someone knowledgeable in it could have.
Once ISIS or anyone else bought the encryptions that was the basic tool, there would then be 75 or 100 routes that could take the basic encryption into a complex maize, and once those routes were taken, they would erase the original links to the routes taken in moving away from the basic encryptions. The routes then develop sub-routes, and sub-sub-routes, etc. that are untraceable because once those sub-routes and sub-sub-routes were taken, they erased the connecting links to those sub-routes and sub-sub routes. With a computer, this can be done innumerable times, thus making the original encryption a hybrid that the company has no means of recognizing. Perhaps the simplest way to look at it is that the encryption possibilities approach the possible numbers involved in a six-number lottery, the difference being a six-number lottery is traceable on a computer, the encryptions are not.
Whether the military or CIA or FBI can decode or decipher the encryptions that ISIS has created for themselves remains to be seen, but it is frightening. If FBI Director James Comey is scared, I’m scared. If he’s overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed. If he doesn’t know what to do, I doubt anyone else does.
Modern technology is great, until it falls into the wrong hands, which seems to have happened here. Then modern technology has created a monster that may kill some of us.
Very few would not want the technology of the last 10 or 20 years, but no one wants this. Is it correctable? I doubt it. Enjoy your technology while you can, because you may be the next person ISIS kills thanks to a way of verbally communicating where nobody knows what they are saying.