New weapons against terrorism and cybercrime
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New weapons against terrorism and cybercrime

Governments are pressing producers to get new weapons against terrorism and cybercrime. FBI believes that cryptography allows criminals to escape investigations and requires systems to allow exceptional access, while UK and Australia have passed legislation against cryptography …

In Europe, on the other hand, privacy is still privileged, backdoors are not allowed and cryptography should not be prohibited, and the problem of security addressed in other ways, favoring the development of decryption and alternative investigation techniques. Such techniques include measures for find decryption keys, guess them or get them otherwise, and exploit software flaws or access devices while they are running and locate other copies unencrypted. If criminals know that a software has a backdoor, they will simply use it or they will create another, and it is quite simple. Furthermore, they could cause data to be destroyed by the cloud if they were arrested. But they must always know that in criminal cases there will always be an attempt to decipher the data, and that there is always a weakness in the system.


Source: Chapman C. 2019. Europe remains defiant in its stance against encryption backdoors.