Email-based identification and authentication: an alternative to PKI?

  title={Email-based identification and authentication: an alternative to PKI?},
  author={Simson L. Garfinkel},
  journal={IEEE Security & Privacy},
F or more than a decade, businesses, governments, universities, and other organizations have developed and deployed identification–authentication systems based on public-key infrastructure (PKI). But despite this strong institutional support, an alternative system for identification and authentication organically evolved, improved, and spread during recent years. This identification–authentication regime is not based on public-key cryptography, but instead on the ability to receive email sent… CONTINUE READING
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