Skip to comments.FBI-Sponsored Backdoors
Posted on 10/13/2011 4:22:19 PM PDT by FritzG
From a review of Susan Landau's Surveillance or Security?:
To catch up with the new technologies of malfeasance, FBI director Robert Mueller traveled to Silicon Valley last November to persuade technology companies to build "backdoors" into their products. If Muellers wish were granted, the FBI would gain undetected real-time access to suspects Skype calls, Facebook chats, and other online communicationsand in "clear text," the industry lingo for unencrypted data. Backdoors, in other words, would make the Internet -- and especially its burgeoning social media sector -- "wiretappable."
This is one of the cyber threats I talked about last week: insecurities deliberately created in some mistaken belief that they will stop crime. Once you build a backdoor into a product, you need to ensure that only the good guys use that backdoor, and only when they should. We'd all be much more secure if the backdoor didn't exist at all.
I thought this might be about J. Edgar Hoover.
Nothing new. Why do you think Microsoft’s OS is so buggy.
By design. To allow advertising revenue strings and to allow Fed monitoring. Hackers simply use what is there by design.
Do you think Apple said 'Yes' or 'No' when the FBI came a-knockin'?
Unfortunately for the FBI, computers have compilers. You can code your own secure software, and be sure it doesn’t have any back doors. All the bad guys do this already.
Today’s White Hat had the potential to be tomorrows Black Hat !
There are already enough backdoors in electronic communications , and it seems that smarter minds than mine are already snooping.
My “employer” gives us blackberry’s for that very reason I am told....... even though COMSEC & common sense is still a given in its daily use.
It would be monumentally foolish for any company to agree to allow a “back door” into any application or OS. It’s just a non-starter.
I’m a big fan of the Blackberry Enterprise platform. They really have their security nailed. From an Enterprise point of view, nobody yet does it better.
But RIM needs to get their act together, and quick. They’re totally sucking air in the consumer market. The iPhone is eating their lunch. iPhones still have some security concerns, but as soon as there is a good management tool to handle enterprise MS Exchange integration and central policy control over devices... RIM is in trouble.
They need a new device that hits the iPhone where it hurts, or they’re done.
True enough. This is why we should oppose each and every encroachment on our liberties or expansion of the size and scope of the government.
FBI director Robert Mueller traveled to Silicon Valley last November to persuade technology companies to build "backdoors" into their products. If Mueller's wish were granted, the FBI would gain undetected real-time access to suspects' Skype calls, Facebook chats, and other online communicationsand in "clear text," the industry lingo for unencrypted data. Backdoors, in other words, would make the Internet -- and especially its burgeoning social media sector -- "wiretappable."
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