Want To Destroy Any Hope Of Serious Cybersecurity? Give The DOJ Its Desired Backdoor Wiretaps On All Communications
from the stupid-ideas dept
The Obama administration has supposedly been “considering” the latest version of the DOJ’s plan to require backdoor wiretapping abilities in any form of digital communication. If you don’t recall, the FBI asks for this basically every year. The latest version would lead to fines for any company that doesn’t build in a backdoor wiretapping ability. We’ve been pointing out for quite some time that putting in such backdoors only makes us all less safe, because those with malicious intent will find and use those backdoors.
A new report has been released, put together by some of the best known technologists and security experts out there, saying that the plan, as being considered would effectively undermine any cybersecurity regime. At a time when the administration and Congress keep insisting that we need better cybersecurity, to undermine it all with wiretapping backdoors would be ridiculous. And let’s not even begin discussing how this would play out if it passed and number one CISPA backer Mike Rogers then became head of the FBI.
Among the report’s authors are names you might recognize, like Ed Felten, Peter Neumann, Bruce Schneier and Phil Zimmerman. You can read the full report (pdf) to see all the details. As Ed Felten told the NY Times:
“It’s a single point in the system through which all of the content can be collected if they can manage to activate it,” said Edward W. Felten, a computer science professor at Princeton and one of the authors of the report… “That’s a security vulnerability waiting to happen, as if we needed more,” he said.
Once again, all of this suggests that the efforts around “cybersecurity” have always been more of a cover story to try to make it easier for law enforcement to access data, rather than any legitimate effort at improving security.