Source: http://cryptome.org/jya/msnsa.htm - 1999According to one leading U.S. cryptographer, the IT world should be thankful the subversion of Windows by NSA has come to light before the arrival of CPUs that handle encrypted instruction sets. These would make the type of discoveries made this month impossible. "Had the next-generation CPUs with encrypted instruction sets already been deployed, we would have never found out about NSAKEY," he said.
I'm just wondering what 'Encrypted Instruction Sets' are and what these 'next-generation CPUs' being referenced in 1999 were? Pentium 4/Athlon XP? AES-NI? SSE2? Via's Padlock Engine?