>> Would you protect your smart light bulbs, connected toaster, or other digital gadgets from spying eyes with encryption techniques from the US National Security Agency? Well, an international group of cryptography experts doesn't think that's a good idea, and has forced the NSA to drop most versions of two data encryption techniques it was trying to adopt as global industry standards.
Reuters cyber security correspondent Joseph Menn has pieced together a three year dispute among the US, and other members of the International Standards Organization which sets all sorts of standards from traffic lights to electric plugs.>> It shows the deep level of distrust that many countries, even US allies have for the NSA even when it says it's trying do something that's defensive in nature.
Many of the delegates to the International Standards Organization say that they distrust the NSA because of recent history. Edward Snowden leaked documents showing that the NSA had manipulated the process, in order to get through a component of cryptography called dual elliptic curve. And it was later shown that it was possible to put a backdoor into elliptic curve, which many people believe gave the NSA access to all kinds of internet communications.
>> Academic and industry experts from countries including Germany, Japan and Israel worry that the NSA was pushing weaker versions of its new encryption technique, known as Simon and Spec, because it knew how to break them according to Reuters reporting.>> The reason that the NSA wants it as a standard, is they want vendors to the United States government to adopt it.
To use it in their technology, and they are much more likely to do so if it's an approved international standard.>> The NSA telling Reuters it developed the new encryption tools to protect sensitive US government computer and communications equipment with a lot less computing power. But the dispute resulted in the NSA dropping the weaker versions of the encryption techniques, and only pushing for the most robust versions that are are more difficult to hack.
A final vote on whether the NSA at least gets that much will take place in February.