Cryptographers warn governments to implement backdoors




A group takes leading scientists in a paper public stance against governments that want to understand encrypted communications through backdoors. According to the researchers bring it allows the protection of the most intimate data at risk.

The paper became public Tuesday, a day before the FBI will urge the US government to better understand encrypted data. The thirteen authors – cryptographers, computer scientists and security experts – warn in their report the necessary dangers of installing backdoors.

Even if the backdoors ensure that terrorists and criminals can be caught, held that advantage the researchers do not outweigh the dangers. Because there is always a chance that make malicious abuse of the loopholes, with the result that they can see the most intimate details. Therefore, the criminals can seriously harm individuals – something which include seeks to avoid the FBI.

Moreover, as scientists warn further, the government has lately been unable to keep attackers at bay. As was recently broken into the data center of the US Department of State. Include Ronald L. Rivest, the creator of the well-known RSA encryption algorithm, fears that the government is unable to protect confidential information without proper encryption. Professors, cryptographers and Google and Microsoft employees supporting him.

The warning of the leading scientists is a repeat of a similar debate in 1997, when then President Bill Clinton wanted that computer chip in their products implemented by the government provided access to encrypted communications. The so-called Clipper Chip eventually came not because researchers then according to The New York Times claimed that the chip infringed on the privacy.


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