Texas representative John Carter, chairman of the subcommittee on Homeland Security appropriations, and who sits on various other defense-related subcommittees, is hearing about cyber a lot these days. As he put it, “cyber is just pounding me from every direction.” That’s just the first few seconds of the very entertaining video, where Carter tries to find the right words to express his concern over new encryption standards from Apple and others.
You may laugh about this, but… These are the people running the most powerful military of the world.
“You may laugh about this, but… These are the people running the most powerful military of the world.”
Scary, isn’t it?
“That’s what she said.”
I guess he’s a Republican, else ignorance would be carefully ignored by the publishing elite.
But I watched the video, and despite “look at that stupid Republican” rejoicing I think he made some interesting points: if there is an encryption such that only the owner can access it, and no one else, why can’t we use that stuff for our military?
And the logic fails in the major premise: the FBI has been crying foul that if Apple encrypts stuff, they can’t access it. But this lawmaker caught them out: that’s nonsense obviously, because if this was true, the military would love to use it wouldn’t they.
So that supposedly unassailable phone encryption does not exist. The phone can be hacked, keys may be left in memory, and honestly, given that we now know that https has never worked since its inception due to many security flaws, we can be extremely sceptic that encryption on phones will do much.