We Examine the Double-Edged Swords of the Cybersecurity World
It’s not in your pocket. Not in the car. Not in your bag. Where could your key be? You need a way to get in your place. So, you call a locksmith, who can use his tools to provide another way inside.
But what if we’re talking encryption instead? There are no locksmiths in the cryptography world. What gets encrypted stays encrypted (unless you’re the owner). Theoretically, at least. One exception to that rule is encryption backdoors.
Encryption backdoors are a simple concept. Think of them like the spare key you hide under the rock in your yard. They’re a weakness that allows for entry in case of a loss of access or an emergency. They can be maliciously created by malware or intentionally placed in either hardware or software. There has been much debate about encryption backdoors because the two main debaters are viewing the issue from very different perspectives. On one hand, they allow for a way in…