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Christian Science Monitor | 11.13.15

Miscalculating the risk of crypto ‘backdoors’

Deirdre Mulligan

In this op-ed, D&S advisor Deirdre Mulligan argues:

Whether it’s Britain or the US insisting that tech companies develop a mechanism to give police or spy agencies access to encrypted communications, backdoors put everyone at risk.

Mulligan highlights the difficulty in controlling access to the backdoors that policy advocates are pushing for, citing instances of researchers seizing control of vehicles. In addition to the assertion by the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that the United States is especially vulnerable to the attacks that backdoors could facilitate due to our dependence on web-enabled devices.

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