Phone encryption is a “major public safety issue” – claims FBI chief

    Yesterday, at the International Cybersecurity Conference in New York, FBI chief – Christopher Wray, restated that during the last fiscal year, despite having warrants, the agency failed to get through the encryption and couldn’t access the content inside 7,775 devices. He added that the number was “more than half of all the devices we attempted to access.” – claiming the problem to be “an urgent safety issue for all of us.”

    Wray highlighted that FBI is only concerned with the devices belonging to their prime suspects, not the ones owned by the millions of ordinary citizens.

    In past, the tech giants were asked by the FBI to create a “backdoor” in their software and devices, to let the agency gain access, at the time of the investigation. In response, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook said that the suggestion had “chilling” and “dangerous” effects, as the use of the backdoor could go in the wrong direction, making things out of control for the companies.

    In addition, over similar implications, Apple also refused to cooperate with the authorities, at the time of San Bernardino’s shooting. The company declined to unlock the shooter’s iPhone, for which the agency had to hire a third party.

    However, the chief still insists the tech companies and private sectors help solve this safety issue. Wray claimed that they don’t specifically want a “backdoor”, but what is desired is, “the ability to access the devices” when required.

    He stated, “We need to work together to stay ahead of the threat and to adapt to changing technologies and their consequences — both expected and unexpected. Because at the end of the day, we all want the same thing: To protect our innovation, our systems, and, above all, our people.”

    At the event, it was told that these days, most cases rely on electronic evidence and if a responsible solution isn’t found soon, this issue can get a lot worse in the coming years.

    Source: EngadgetCSO Online

    Talha Saqib
    Talha Saqib
    Founder of Retrology. Been actively following the gaming and media industry for the past 15 years. Also, a full-time software engineer. My day-to-day tasks include writing, editing, strategizing content, managing my team, and handling the complete back-end.
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