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 +======Simple Encrypted Data======
 +The client always offers a basic obfuscating encryption cipher called SED 
 +(Simple Encrypted Data).
 +SED is an unbuffered ECB cipher that uses a variable length key.
 +Each byte in the input string is XORed with each corresponding byte in the
 +cipherkey and XORed with a "​mix"​ value, whose initial value is 0.
 +After each byte, the "​mix"​ value is XORed with the initial value of the byte.
 +Thus, the mix value at each position is the XOR of every plaintext byte 
 +previously analyzed.
 +When the end of the cipherkey is reached, it goes back to the beginning.
 +Thus, longer passkeys yield better results. ​ Passkeys longer than the 
 +plaintext do not yield any additional benefit. ​ Because the same passkey
 +is used each time, this is an ECB cipher.
 +If you ciphered the string "​testing"​ with the passkey "​hello":​
 +Byte 1:  MIX = 0x00, BYTE = 0x74, KEY = 0x0x68,
 + NEW BYTE == MIX ^ BYTE ^ KEY = 0x1C
 +         NEW MIX  == MIX ^ BYTE = 0x74
 +Byte 2:  MIX = 0x74, BYTE = 0x65, KEY = 0x65,
 + NEW BYTE == MIX ^ BYTE ^ KEY = 0x74
 + NEW MIX  == MIX ^ BYTE = 0x11
 +(...and so on)
 +SED is not a serious encryption scheme. ​ But it does obfuscate your data enough
 +that you're not sending your messages in plaintext which frustrates server-side
 +attempts to pattern match your conversations. ​ You should assume anyone who is
 +interested in you could decrypt your messages, but since it's presumed most 
 +server-side surveilance is done by pattern matching plaintext, having a simple
 +universal means to obfuscate your messages makes it not worth someone'​s bother
 +to decrypt your messages just to pattern match them.
 +Because the client does recursive CTCP handling, if you are using encryption
 +with someone and you [[DCC SEND]] them a file, the CTCP DCC SEND offer will
 +be encrypted, which is extremely helpful for thwarting server-side attempts ​
 +to log all file transfers on the network. ​ (Yes, there have been networks that
 +actually log all DCC SEND offers and send them to the government). ​ Not all
 +other clients support this, however.
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