IT pros fear encryption backdoors
"Amid federal and state bills written to weaken computer security by mandating backdoors that bypass encryption, IT pros are alarmed at the prospect of security made insecure, according to a report released by IT services firm Spiceworks.
In a survey of 600 IT professionals from North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Spiceworks found that 87% said they believe backdoors increase the risk of a data breach.
As an individual identifying himself as Dave Ohlendorf explained in the Spiceworks forum, ‘ANY backdoor – no matter who knows about it, can and likely will be reverse engineered and end up in the wild where it will get into the hands of very bad people.’
This view has been echoed by cryptography experts such as Matthew Green, assistant professor in the department of computer science at Johns Hopkins University. As Green put it in a tweet earlier this year, ‘The problems with encryption backdoors come up when you try to scale them from an idea to something that affects millions of people.’”
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