The FBI’s War on Encryption Continues
The FBI continues to pressure tech companies to provide backdoors to their end-to-end encryption schemes. In a recent Senate hearing, FBI Director James Comey said, “We see encryption is getting in the way of our ability to have court orders to gather information we need.” Unfortunately, as all security experts pointed out, it would be impossible for Apple to offer the FBI a backdoor to its iMessage encryption without it also being exploitable by individual hackers and foreign governments. In a stance that boggles the mind for its unholy mixture of ignorance and insanity, Comey now insists that allowing backdoors is not a technical problem, but a business model issue, and he hinted that such companies should change their business models.
The coverage on this backdoor proposal is always centricUSA. As an Australian with an iPhone, I do not want US police forces accessing my phone without regard to my rights and legal protections granted by my country. They probably have arrangements with Australian security services but at least I have access to the Australian legal system whereas I have no means or access of taking on the US justice.
That's absolutely a huge problem with backdoors - they know no boundaries and play havoc with the national rights of citizens of different countries.
Worse, a variety of countries are making very similar noises, such as the UK, which Tim Cook teed off on not long ago (and we covered in much the same way).
I just heard on the news that the investigation into the terrorist attack in San Bernardino is having problems because the terrorist's cell phones are encrypted. Don't know if they are iPhones or Android phones.
I'm sure the San Bernardino massacre is why the FBI is going after encryption again (they gave up a while back). The problem is that there's no backdoor that could be granted to U.S. law enforcement that couldn't also be exploited by bad actors.