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Offline GhostShip

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Another case of "small horizon" syndrome it seems..

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-40606493

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The Australian government says it wants new laws to force tech firms such as Apple and Facebook to provide access to encrypted messages.Some apps such as WhatsApp use end-to-end encryption, making messages unreadable if intercepted.

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has warned that encrypted messaging apps could be used by criminals and terrorists, but security experts say strong encryption protects citizens' privacy.

Many countries, including Australia, have laws in place that can force messaging services to hand over a suspect's communications to police with an appropriate warrant. However, messaging companies cannot hand over messages that have been end-to-end encrypted because they do not receive a legible copy.

"For this to work, the companies will have to change their technical architecture or somehow weaken the encryption," said Prof Woodward. "Either is a bad idea."

Some politicians have called for apps to build a "back door" into their systems, to allow law enforcement access to unencrypted messages. But such a system could also be exploited by criminals, defeating the purpose of encryption.


Folks wont wish to use systems that are open to "Official Abuse" by rogue governments or their employees, whilst everyone wishes to assist in the fight against mindless and indescriminate violence we have to weight that against the real threat to the economic welfare of the country, make systems weak and accessible to those same attackers or criminals and you multiply the impact on the populace.




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has warned that encrypted messaging apps could be used by criminals and terrorists,

and a sealed envelope containing a message sent through the postal service cant be used by terrorists and criminals? does the Australian postal service open everyones mail?

how about the art of steganography (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steganography) ?  never know when those cat pictures right in front of a gov officials face might have a malicious plan complete with embedded map...

gov officials are way too paranoid (and incredibly stupid) when it comes to 'encryption'...

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