Even as Elvis fans mourned the anniversary of their idol's death last weekend, those hoping to see his reincarnation as a 128-bit encryption product from Sun Microsystems will be disappointed.
Earlier this year, Sun announced it had partnered with a Russian company, Elvis+, to produce Sunscreen Skip Elvis+, a 128-bit encryption product. Sun would avoid the US government's restrictions on exporting such software, by working with an overseas partner and selling outside the US.
The product was not based on key recovery, the system in which the US government holds the key to decode communications when it feels it necessary.
But Sun admitted this week that the product was delayed and no new shipping date has been announced. No reason was given for the indefinite delay but the company denied it was because of problems with US export regulations.
"We are confident that the product complies with the letter of the law," said a Sunsoft spokesperson this week.
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