Before We Even Know The Details, Politicians Rush To Blame Encryption For Brussels Attacks
from the it's-almost-like-you-have-an-agenda... dept
You may remember that, right after the Paris attacks late last year, politicians rushed in to demonize encryption as the culprit, and to demand backdooring encryption before the blood was even dry. Of course, it later turned out that there was no evidence that they used encryption at all, but rather it appears that they communicated by unencrypted means. Just yesterday, we noted that the press was still insisting encryption was used, and using the lack of any evidence as evidence for the fact they must have used encryption (hint: that’s not how encryption works…).
So, it should hardly be a surprise that following this morning’s tragic attacks in Brussels that have left dozens dead and many more injured, that encryption haters, based on absolutely nothing, have rushed in to attack encryption again. The first up was Rep. Adam Schiff, who quickly insisted that he had no actual facts on the matter, but we should be concerned about encryption:
?We do not know yet what role, if any, encrypted communications played in these attacks,? Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said in a statement.
?But we can be sure that terrorists will continue to use what they perceive to be the most secure means to plot their attacks,? he added.
Schiff, of course, is the same guy who just a few months ago was loudly promoting CISA, saying we needed it to protect our privacy from hackers. Of course CISA doesn’t do that. You know what does? Encryption. The very encryption Schiff now wants to blame.
?We must use all the tools at our disposal to fight back,? Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat and vice chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement on Tuesday. ?The way to prevent attacks like this is to develop good intelligence and always be vigilant.?
“All the tools” likely means including her plans to break encryption.
And, of course, the many in the press are no help at all. There have been reports that a talking head on NPR blamed encryption this morning, while a NY Times reporter, Rukmini Callimachi — who was the lead reporter on that ridiculous article yesterday insisting that the lack of encryption was evidence of encryption — is tweeting up a storm claiming that ISIS is now encouraging the use of encryption, even though the questionably-sourced document she links to (which is written in English?!?) isn’t actually recommending encryption, but things like Tor and VPNs, which are designed to merely mask your IP address.
— Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) March 22, 2016
Either way, in the wake of yet another attack we’re left with people who don’t understand and dislike encryption, rushing to demonize it for no good reason at all.