I missed that announcement too -- but Wikipedia, the web-based Free Encyclopedia, caught it! See Wikipedia on AES at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AES

The Wikipedia module on AES Security has a link to the same NSA fact sheet Steve mentioned.

I was surprised. I thought, as in so many other things, the NSA was going to say one thing and do another.


At 4/14/2004, Steve Bellovin wrote:

I haven't seen this mentioned on the list, so I thought I'd toss it
out.  According to http://www.nstissc.gov/Assets/pdf/fact%20sheet.pdf ,
AES is acceptable for protecting Top Secret data.  Here's the crucial

   The design and strength of all key lengths of the AES algorithm
   (i.e., 128, 192 and 256) are sufficient to protect classified
   information up to the SECRET level. TOP SECRET information will
   require use of either the 192 or 256 key lengths.

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