Imagine a world…
In this illusionary world govs over the world decide to forbid the use of encryption by all means.
Every person in possession of encryption software, or using it would be violating laws on encryption and could eventually end up in jail.
This decision could be taken with the believe that people are safer in a world where govs and national security are able to spy on communications around the globe to counterfeit terrorism.
Are we truly safer in a world without encryption?
Could we really benefit of giving up privacy to make our daily life safer,
or giving it up with the intention to attack terrorism?
As we’re currently growing into the explosion of IOT devices, communication is growing exponential, and more and more services are relying on encryption schemes to secure the channels of communication between them.
Operators give commands through those channels to give devices instructions on their behavior and/or to save/retrieve data all kinds of sorts.
In a world without encryption these communications are way more easier to manipulate by third parties not allowed to intercept the data exchange between the different parts communicating.
In a world where privacy (encryption) isn’t allowed bad parties can still obtain a stolen laptop and using different wireless techniques to use network bandwidth not registered on their name (small or long range doesn’t matter) to fulfill their purposes without leaving traces to them.
Perhaps a bad actor (local, oversees, …) could manipulate personal systems.
Let’s assume your local enemy has access to:
- Smart meters
- Home automation (doors, ports, rolling shutters, …)
- Alarm systems
- Water, pumps (swimming pool)
- HVAC/Cental heating system
- Personal computer, tablet, phone
- External services offering personal information
- Medical records
- Upcoming electric cars
Even worse, bad actors/groups could control more intriguing systems more easily:
- Scada systems (Remember stuxnet)
- Trains, railway systems
- Airplanes (control towers, navigation … )
- Radio all kinds off
- Water dams (flooding)
This is only a small resume off the things that eventually could make our world more dangerous and causing many injuries or deaths.
Some of them are even not related to bringing trouble to the masses, but actually attack a persons life in a way much more realistic than having the bad luck of being part of acts of terror.
Did those folks even reconsidered what brings our daily safety!?
Actually many think they did, which makes questions arise about the actual purpose of their intentions.
If we want to ban encryption we have to ban technology.
We can’t simple go back 25 (tech)years in time on one side and evolving like we’re currently doing
on the other side.