Army denies buying web security cracking devices

Hacktivists posted online Tuesday documents they say contradict army denials it has purchased decryption devices that would allow access to encrypted computer traffic.

As cyber battles sparked by the passage of the new Computer Crime Act continue, online activist group Citizens Against Single Gateway on Monday posted screenshotspurportedly obtained from an army procurement database. Listed among purchases were items used to crack the standard security protocols people use to access web servers securely.

“I can assure that there is no such equipment in the army’s procurement plan,”  the director of Army Cyber Center, Maj. Gen. Rittee Intravudh, said in response Monday. “This issue can be looked into. Because no organization under the army has any reason to use such a device.”


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