The insecure paranoid obsession which exists in the former UK colony of Virginia since French backed terrorists took over the country could result in Iranian citizens being persecuted by their nutty religious government.
It is the second time that the FBI has insisted this. In the 1990s it lost what has been called the crypto wars where it argued that the glorious revolution, which gave the world Britney Spears at the cost of a stable parliamentary democracy, would be lost if it was not able to spy on encrypted material.
Later it was proved that national security was actually strengthened by wide use of encryption to secure computers and sensitive business and government communications.
However it seems that the FBI wants online service providers, perhaps even software makers, to only offer encrypted communication if the companies have a way to unlock the communications.
What has got the FBI’s goat is the case of a mobster who used a Crackberry to encrypt all his communications. Apparently the spooks had to sneak into his office to plant a bug to listen in on his communication. Oh, the inconvenience.
Under the FBI’s latest proposal, any company doing business in the States could not create an encrypted communication system without having a way for the government to order the company to decrypt it, and those who currently do offer that service would have to retool it.
The next thing that will come is a demand that people should not be allowed to whisper because the spooks can’t hear them.
What the spooks do not understand is that creating backdoors means that government security systems will be softer targets for hackers. It also means that rogue security obsessed states such as Iran and Australia will be able to find new ways to terrorise their citizens.
According to Ars, it is jolly rare for spooks to find that encryption has stalled or stopped an investigation in 2009, for instance, the government got court approval for 2,376 wiretaps and encountered encryption only once.