On Security

Technology Helps the Lawless Find Digital Safe Spaces

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Jun 22, 2017 | 18:51 GMT
Encryption technology continues to advance rapidly and is becoming more pervasive, making it more difficult for governments to monitor communications and break robust coding.
Encryption technology continues to advance rapidly and is becoming more pervasive, making it more difficult for governments to monitor communications and break robust coding. Criminals and terrorists are adopting advanced encryption for communications and data, and the trend will accelerate and spread.
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Advancements in digital encryption will soon put the communications of terrorists and other criminals beyond the reach of law enforcement. And in the wake of the London Bridge attack on June 3, United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May pledged to work with democratic governments on cyberspace regulations to prevent the spread of extremism and terrorist planning. She drew heavy fire from the press and privacy advocates when she suggested that internet encryption was providing "safe spaces" for terrorists to operate....

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