With The NSA, The GCHQ, The FRA Planting Crypto Backdoors In Infrastructure, They Are Now The Enemy Of All Mankind
By Rick Falkvinge
Aug 8, 2013
The security services of the US, UK, and Sweden have been actively working to plant backdoors into most commercial cryptography software. While intended to use for wiretapping business secrets, medical journals and bank transactions, those backdoors are also there for any other adversary. This is effectively a declaration of war from the security services against all of humanity.
The news broke this morning that the NSA (US), the GCHQ (UK), and the FRA (Sweden) have been actively working to subvert the cryptography that makes our society tick, by planting backdoors in most if not all commercial cryptography software. This means that these agencies have deliberately made all of us vulnerable as we conduct our banking business, as we go to the hospital, and as we talk privately online. Our society depends on our ability to keep secrets, and the deliberate planting of backdoors, the deliberate subversion of our infrastructure, is nothing short of a declaration of war. Even according to U.S. Generals.
“A cyber attack on the U.S. could be met with a conventional military response.”
– chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Martin E. Dempsey
Disregarding the ridiculous use of the word cyber, which makes him sound as if he’s stuck in a 1970s steampunk novel, the statement from such an authority makes it crystal clear that an attack that tries to subvert communications infrastructure is considered a military attack. And this is the attack we’ve had, on a global scale, against all mankind, from the NSA, the GCHQ, and the FRA.