The ruling that VoIP providers must make their networks wiretap-ready under CALEA legislation has caused some consternation, both because of the additional costs it generates, as well as the technical complexity of devloping a solution to meet the May 2007 deadline. In June, an IT trade group issued a report outlining many of the problems VoIP providers face in implementing a CALEA-compliant solution, and in response, a group representing companies selling wiretap systems -- so there's surely no bias -- has issued a rebuttal that appears to be little more than saying "no it isn't" to every claim from the first report. Among their claims of varying dubiety, one stands out: that adding in wiretap back doors for law enforcement makes networks more secure, rather than less. This is totally unclear, as adding a back door to eavesdrop on calls, even if it's meant for law enforcement alone, would certainly appear to introduce a new vulnerability in the network and a target for hackers. While the costs of implementing CALEA for VoIP providers can really be seen as a cost of doing business, the idea that providing the ability for anybody to intercept calls makes a network more secure is pretty outlandish.
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