The United States: Nate Cardozo, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, recently stated in an interview with Business Insider that the US government’s espionage & surveillance component has deplorably failed.
Cardozo spoke after a 234 megabytes archive of NSA exploits & hacking secrets was stolen from the surveillance agency’s elite hacking unit. Cardozo established that this recklessness from the NSA proves the acclaimed tech giant “Apple” took a good stand to confront FBI.
An earlier confrontation between FBI and Apple ignited a debate about including a backdoor for decryption in Apple smartphones. Apple Inc. refused to unlock the iPhone 5C of Rizwan Farooq, one of the San Bernardino terrorists, and stood by its action.
A letter from Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook a few days later stated that although weakened encryption will aid surveillance & investigations from security agencies, it will pose devastating threats to users’ from hacks around the world.
“The NSA’s stance on vulnerabilities seems to be based on the premise that secrets will never get out. That no one will ever discover the same bug. That no one will ever use the same bug. That there will never be a leak, we know for a fact, that at least in this case, that’s not true.”
By Senior Staff Attorney EFF – Nate Cardozo
FBI requests to unblock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone 5C instantly unearthed the FBI’s intentions to hack US citizens’ smart devices. A “zero-day vulnerability” or exploit found in any tech company’s devices has to be disclosed to the firm by law, or else may lead to exploitation by hackers to conduct cyber-attacks. Shockingly, such exploits have also been reported to get sold on the dark net or online black markets.
Numerous privacy advocates have expressed concerns regarding US netizens’ data privacy. If such a tool is created to breach into users’ device, then the tool itself poses more risks than benefits. At this point we can assume that the NSA has lost control and their critical trade secrets.