The End of Encryption? NSA & FBI Seek New Backdoors Against Advice from Leading Security Experts

 
 

The End of Encryption? NSA & FBI Seek New Backdoors Against Advice from Leading Security Experts
Democracy Now!, July 8, 2015
By Juan González & Amy Goodman

Guest: Bruce Schneier – security technologist and author of Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World. He’s also a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

FBI Director James Comey is set to testify against encryption before the Senate Intelligence Committee today, as the United States and Britain push for “exceptional access” to encrypted communications. Encryption refers to the scrambling of communications so they cannot be read without the correct key or password. The FBI and GCHQ have said they need access to encrypted communications to track criminals and terrorists. Fourteen of the world’s pre-eminent cryptographers, computer scientists and security specialists have issued a paper arguing there is no way to allow the government such access without endangering all confidential data, as well as the broader communications infrastructure. We speak with one of the authors of the paper, leading security technologist Bruce Schneier.

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Keys Under Doormats: Mandating insecurity by requiring government access to all data and communications. (PDF)
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Technical Report
MIT-CSAIL-TR-2015-026 July 6, 2015
By Harold Abelson, Ross Anderson, Steven M. Bellovin, Josh Benaloh, Matt Blaze, Whitfield Diffie, John Gilmore, Matthew Green, Susan Landau, Peter G. Neumann, Ronald L. Rivest, Jeffrey I. Schiller, Bruce Schneier, Michael Specter, and Daniel J. Weitzner.