Words of Advice:

"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Monday, October 23, 2017

Cry Me a River; FBI Edition

Agents at the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have been unable to extract data from nearly 7,000 mobile devices they have tried to access, the agency's director has said.

Christopher Wray said encryption on devices was "a huge, huge problem" for FBI investigations.
Let's be honest about this: There is no way to build in a secure "back door" into any encryption product. If one were built in, then it would either be exploited by hackers or the FBI's hacking tool would leak, just like the NSA's did.

To assume, as the FBI apparently does, that they could design a back-door into encryption that nobody else would be able to figure out is the height of arrogance. But let's call it what it is: They are openly lying if they even hint that they could do it.

Do you want the FBI having the ability to remotely snoop around inside your phone, which probably holds more personal data about you than any other device that you have?


CenterPuke88 said...

Exactly why I will never put my Proof of Insurance card on my phone...

"Sure Officer, you can take my unlocked phone with you back to your car to check this Proof of Insurance..."

dinthebeast said...

Read that: they don't care if we have effective, workable encryption, and would rather we didn't.

-Doug in Oakland

BadTux said...

They're going to have to drag an encryption back door out of Apple and Google's radioactive corpses, because back doors are bad for business. Any back door that lets the FBI in also lets in everybody else, including business competitors. That's what thus far has held back the forces who want back doors.

I never even thought of putting a Proof of Insurance card on my phone. I guess that's one advantage of being old -- you don't cater to new-fangled (but stupid) ideas.

Borepatch said...

It's hard to overstate just how angry the computer security community was over PRISM and the rest. These are smart people, and they felt betrayed. And then they got to work, and here we are. I wrote about this some time back:


For a long time a bunch of us in the security community thought that while the NSA was a big bureaucracy, they were the Good Guys. Then we found out what they were doing to us. I guess I'm a little surprised that the FBI d00d doesn't know this.