Encryption crackdown looms

    Date14 Sep 2001
    CategoryCryptography
    3670
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The terrorist attacks in the US this week have prompted calls for all encryption software to have 'backdoors' for government interception. The horror of Tuesday's coordinated attacks on the commercial and military centres of America has prompted the US . . . The terrorist attacks in the US this week have prompted calls for all encryption software to have 'backdoors' for government interception. The horror of Tuesday's coordinated attacks on the commercial and military centres of America has prompted the US Congress to call for a global ban on "uncrackable" encryption products.

    Speaking in the US Senate on Thursday, Senator Judd Gregg proposed tighter restrictions on software that scrambles electronic data, and often hinders a government's ability to obtain valuable criminal intelligence.

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