[Cryptography] Crypto being blamed in the London riots.
cryptography-list at njw.me.uk
Tue Aug 9 16:59:42 EDT 2011
> Quoting from the New York Times:
> David Lammy, Britain's intellectual property minister, also called
> for a suspension of Blackberry's encrypted instant message service.
> Many rioters, exploiting that service, had been able to organize mobs
> and outrun the police, who were ill-equipped to monitor it.
IIRC this came up last year when a Middle Eastern country (I forget
which) were threatening to not let RIM operate unless they could
intercept blackberry messages.
However, as was pointed out then, apparently the encryption is to &
from RIM's servers, not the recipient. So RIM have access to all the
'secret' messages. I expect GCHQ & the Met will make sure said
systems are patched in to their surveillance programme in no time.
Unfortunately the present climate in England is such that I can't
imagine such measures being anything but lauded.
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