Secure Communications During the End Game
How can one small committee communicate securely, across an unsecured medium, monitored by a hostile adversary with almost unlimited resources, with as many pilots who care to engage? How can the thousands of pilots know that the message communicated on an unsecured network has not been forged?
It would be easy enough for the airlines, or their enforcers in various government agencies, to simply trespass (hack) the internet domain playing host to the communications of OPERATION ORANGE, and disrupt the entire effort. They could entice sympathetic media to broadcast contrary messages, claiming they were authentic, and send OPERATION ORANGE into chaos. It certainly would take little effort to hire people, claiming to be members of The Committee, in order to confuse everyone and disrupt the operation.
To keep everything moving in our favor, we need to overcome a few obstacles, and the bulk of these obstacles can be overcome by using public key cryptography…
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