Jun 11, 2018

The FBI wants encryption back doors; Steve Weber responds

From The Washington Post

The Cybersecurity 202: We surveyed 100 experts. A majority rejected the FBI's push for encryption back doors.

By Derek Hawkins

The FBI has said that its inability to access encrypted cellphones during investigations leaves the country less safe. But a strong 72 percent majority of digital security experts surveyed by The Cybersecurity 202 disagree....

Yet Steve Weber, director of the Center for Long Term Cybersecurity at the University of California at Berkeley, said it's up to the opponents of back doors to offer other solutions: “The real question to ask is this: If the FBI can't access encrypted cellphones, what will it do instead?" he said. "If you want to resist the politics of encryption-breaking, then you need to offer some alternatives for law enforcement that are more than just 'good old fashioned shoe-leather investigation.' ”...


Steve Weber is a professor in the UC Berkeley School of Information and faculty director of Berkeley’s Center for Long Term Cybersecurity.

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June 14, 2018