With Crypto in UK Crosshairs, Secret US Report says that Cryptology is Vital

As UK Prime Minister David Cameron forges ahead with a campaign pledge to ban encrypted messaging apps unless his government is given backdoors (see my earlier article at http://goo.gl/OwFv8w), that country’s Guardian newspaper has aired a secret US report warning that government and private computers were at risk because cryptographic protections aren’t being implemented fast enough.

The 2009 document, from the US National Intelligence Council, said encryption was the “best defense” for protecting private data, according to an article published Thursday by the newspaper. Airing of the five-year forecast came the same day Cameron embarked on a US trip to convince President Obama to place pressure on Apple, Google, and Facebook to curtail their rollout of stronger encryption technologies in e-mail and messaging communications.

You can read the full article by Dan Goodin at http://goo.gl/uKYEXk.

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