Bruce Schneier's CRYPTO-GRAM
- Category: Bruce Schneier's CRYPTO-GRAM
- Created on Monday, 17 December 2001 00:00
[ Thievingjoker's Note: This does not come from a normal source of humour. It comes from a monthly mailing on computer security. A fascinating read if you are at all interested in computer security. Anyway, I thought this bit was particularly funny.]
In the spirit of the Indiana bill that would have legislated the value of pi, the State of Nevada has defined encryption. According to a 1999 law, Nev. St. 205.4742:
"Encryption" means the use of any protective or disruptive measure, including, without limitation, cryptography, enciphering, encoding or a computer contaminant, to:
1. Prevent, impede, delay or disrupt access to any data, information, image, program, signal or sound;
2. Cause or make any data, information, image, program, signal or sound unintelligible or unusable; or
3. Prevent, impede, delay or disrupt the normal operation or use of any component, device, equipment, system or network.
Note that encryption may involve "cryptography, enciphering, encoding," but that it doesn't have to. Note that encryption includes any "protective or disruptive measure, without limitation." If you smash a computer to bits with a mallet, that appears to count as encryption in the state of Nevada.