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Once the FBI has a backdoor into your smartphone, everyone does

Lucas Mearian | Oct. 20, 2014
A disgruntled employee at a security firm could simply share the knowledge around a back door.

The problem is that once a security hole is created, it compromises the device.

Ironically, the AES specification was created more than a decade ago by the U.S. Government's own National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Like the Ebola virus, the threat to national securty and law enforcement investigations is more senational than a real threat to U.S. citizens. Placing backdoors in mobile devices opens them up to something more like a widespread influenza epidemic in that the vast majority of security breaches have been because of devices that were stolen or lost. Once that happens, a backdoor becomes vulnerable to exploitation for monetary gain.

"I don't want to comment on whether backdoors are good or bad," Tanguy said. "But, if we were to build in a back door, someone would find a way in, and whether that someone wears a white or black hat, we wouldn't know."

 

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