NERD HARDER! FBI DIRECTOR REITERATES FAITH-BASED BELIEF IN WORKING CRYPTO THAT HE CAN BREAK | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


NERD HARDER! FBI DIRECTOR REITERATES FAITH-BASED BELIEF IN WORKING CRYPTO THAT HE CAN BREAK

Working cryptography's pretty amazing: because of its fundamental theoretical soundness, we can trust it to secure the firmware updates to our pacemakers; the conversations we have with our loved ones, lawyers and business colleagues; the financial transactions the world depends on; and the integrity of all sorts of data, communications and transactions.

The FBI hates encryption, because they thought the digital world could be one where, for the first time in history, they'd be able to store and look through every conversation anyone has, anywhere, and crypto means that they can only spy on people with a warrant, using traditional techniques like hidden mics, informants, and subpoenas.

The FBI -- along with many other law enforcement and surveillance agents -- insists that it is possible to make crypto that will protect our devices, transactions, data, communications and lives, but which will fail catastrophically whenever a cop needs it to.

When technologists explain that this isn't a thing, the FBI insists that they just aren't nerding hard enough.

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