Encryption going like the clappers, Clapper moans

UNITED STATES - APRIL 18: James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, prepares to testify at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in Dirksen Building titled "Current and Future Worldwide Threats," featuring testimony by he and Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)The US’s top spook James Clapper has moaned that Edward Snowden’s leaks have sped up the advance of user-friendly, widely available strong encryption.

Clapper said that onset of commercial encryption has accelerated by seven years.

Talking to a breakfast for journalists hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, this  shortened timeline has had “a profound effect on the NSA’s ability to collect, particularly against terrorists.

The number was based on the projected growth maturation and installation of commercially available encryption. What had been forecasted for seven years ahead, three years ago, was accelerated to now, because of the revelation of the leaks.

He did not think this was a good thing because it meant better protection for American consumers from the arms race of hackers constantly trying to penetrate software worldwide.

Clapper acknowledged that there is no such thing as unbreakable encryption from his perspective. “In the history of mankind, since we’ve been doing signals intelligence, there’s really no such thing, given proper time, and proper application of technology.”

Unfortunately for him, Snowden’s revelations that the NSA was spying on everyone made ordinary people just as paranoid as terrorists.