A Backdoor Is A Backdoor, For Good Or Ill

Max Eddy, over at PC Mag, has a very interesting article about the experience of Nico Sell, of the company Wickr, talking about how an FBI agent casually approached her to ask if she'd install backdoors in her software allowing the FBI to retrieve information. As the article notes, this is how the FBI (much more so than the NSA) has acted towards many tech companies ever since attempts to mandate such backdoors by law failed (though, they're still trying). Some companies -- stupidly -- agree to this, while many do not. Those that do may think they're helping fight for "good," but the reality is different. They're opening up a huge liability on themselves, should the news of the backdoors ever get out, and at the same time, they're making their own product invariably weaker. As Sell pointed out to the FBI guy, she'd seen hackers piggyback on "lawful intercept" machines and learned:
"It was very clear that a backdoor for the good guys is always a backdoor for the bad guys." 
Read the rest of "What The Intelligence Community Doesn't Get: Backdoor For 'The Good Guys' Is Always A Backdoor For The 'Bad Guys' As Well" at Techdirt


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