The ignorance around cryptography is mindblowing… This is a quote from a RawStory article:
Investigators looking into the deadly shooting in San Bernardino, California last week have found built-in encryption in the phones of the two shooters, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, authorities told CBS News on Friday. The news comes a day after lawmakers said there wasn’t any evidence that they had used encryption technology.
Newsflash: Encryption is built into every phone, every computer, and pretty much everything else. If something isn’t encrypted, it means that practically anyone could sniff it. Your phone most likely encrypt your 3G and 4G traffic (not so much 2G/GSM tho), and if you are connected over WiFi that too is encrypted. The updates to your computer are (hopefully) downloaded over a encrypted connection to make sure that nobody has hijacked the update process and feeding you malware or trojans instead. Encryption is everywhere! It is the tech equivalent of a lock on the front door!
This entire crypto debate is flawed, in that banning or somehow enforcing weakened of broken encryption will only hurt regular people who rely on it every day to read e-mails, communicate with friends and family, and doing banking online. If someone thinks that only the good guys will have access to any back doors or weak spots, that’s just naive.
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On Friday the 13th of November, cowards supporting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) initiated their attack on the free world that they despise resulting in almost hundreds killed and injured. This act of war has lead to numerous countries joining the effort to stop these monsters once and for all. Both the UK and Australia are considering joining the fight, as are Sweden and most of the European Union, if not with troops by providing reinforcements and materials to the forces already in place.
Sadly, following these horrific events the free world has also come under attack from leaders and politicians that claim encryption is the reason why these terrorists were able to plan their attacks without anybody noticing. The Swedish minister of state was ranting about how Skype provided encrypted communication (even though the NSA already got away with those cookies) while the US was crying about how modern cellphones are impossible to crack and how encrypted cellphones prevent law enforcement from doing their job:
“We, in many respects, have gone blind as a result of the commercialization and the selling of these devices that cannot be accessed either by the manufacturer or, more importantly, by us in law enforcement, even equipped with search warrants and judicial authority. This is something that is going to need to be debated very quickly because we cannot continue operating where we are blind.” – Bill Bratton, the New York Police Commissioner.
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