So basically, a backdoor being a security threat to everyone isn't a hypothetical concern: It is one directly stemming from existing problems in real life, right now, based on the last iteration of this bullshit argument.
Let's be clear: Logjam exists as a direct result of forcing weaker encryption on export in the 90s, thus allowing people to use lesser SSL encryption for compatibility sake. That allowable downgrade is exactly the vector this attack uses.
To quote the article:
Another HTTPS vulnerability has started to make its rounds earlier this morning. Dubbed Logjam by its researchers, the vulnerability stems from the US's encryption export mandate back in the 1990s. This particular vulnerability, in the transport-layer security layer protocol, breaks the Diffie-Hellman perfect forward-secrecy. Susceptibility to the vulnerability is depended on servers and clients supporting the DHE_EXPORT encryption scheme, or using a key less-than-or-equal to 1024 bits.
I am almost amused at how similar the tactics of denial the government uses are similar to the ones used by organized crime.
"What? I never said he had to pay the money for protection, I have no idea where he got the idea that his kneecaps would be terribly destroyed by a power drill if he didn't cough up. That's all in his head!"
Roger, I know you're an up and coming act, but I think it may be time to re-evaluate what the labels tell you. They may call it protecting artists, but we call it 'Riding the Gravy Train' and it usually doesn't mean the labels are generous with their acts' pay.
But, just to be clear: I've always had a deep respect and I mean that most sincerely. The band is just fantastic that is really what I think...
I have the overwhelming urge to swear, repeatedly and ferociously, at and about Shawn after reading this.
I can't because I haven't signed out of my account on this webpage and my future employers probably read Techdirt and they're all pig fucking cocksucking fuckwad shit-eating douche bags. Those fuckers.
1) Relatively few people affected 2) disproportionate effect on media and the conversation publicly 3) lightning rod to point out fuckery among politicians (AGs and lobbyists instead of Chris Christie, but still...)