White Paper Points Out Just How Irresponsible 'Responsible Encryption' Is
from the a-hole-for-one-is-a-hole-for-all dept
In recent months, both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director
Christopher Wray have been calling for holes in encryption law enforcement can
drive a warrant through. Both have no idea how this can be accomplished, but
both are reasonably sure tech companies can figure it out for them. And if some
sort of key escrow makes encryption less secure than it is now, so be it.
Whatever minimal gains in access law enforcement obtains will apparently offset
the damage done by key leaks or criminal exploitation of a
Cryptography expert Riana Pfefferkorn has released a white paper [PDF]
examining the feasibility of the vague requests made by Rosenstein and Wray.
Their preferred term is "responsible encryption" -- a term that allows them to
step around landmines like "encryption backdoors" or "we're making encryption
worse for everyone!" Her paper shows "responsible encryption" is anything but.
And, even if implemented, it will result in far less access (and far more
nefarious exploitation) than Rosenstein and Wray think.
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