[messaging] Crypto standards in modern-day consumer apps

Karl gmkarl at gmail.com
Sun Jun 21 14:21:10 PDT 2020

On Sun, Jun 21, 2020, 2:08 AM Peter Gutmann <pgut001 at cs.auckland.ac.nz>

> Mike Hearn <mike at plan99.net> writes:
> >
> https://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2020/06/20/news/wave-of-arrests-after-breach-of-encrypted-communication-network-1980136/
> I like the lawyer's comments:
>   The concerning feature here is the absolute dearth of press reporting and
>   media attention in respect of a massive wholesale breach of an encrypted
>   communication platform.
> How dare the media not notify the criminals that their communications have
> been compromised!

Just to address this, the arrests mentioned were "conspiracy" and the
evidence collection involved massive compromise of the phone OSs
themselves.  Over here, discussing ideas in private is not a crime, but
using malware to control a community is.

As laws get more oppressive we also don't want to assume that breaking them
is a bad thing when they aren't themselves good.  Civil rights over here
were only made by civil disobedience, which landed many in jail and some in
prison for life.

Karl Semich

> Peter.
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