Australia get first encryption busting laws!

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Marcelo Orlandi
Australia get first encryption busting laws!

Well, it looks like we are the first in the world doing this. Does it mean that we are better than others? Well, I leave this to answer yourself.

However, I believe that by now you know what encryption means, don’t you? If you don’t, Wikipedia defines it as “the process of encoding a message or information in  such a way that only authorized parties can access it and those who are not authorized cannot.” Got it now?

What does this new law mean for Australia?

According to CRN, this means that Australia’s law enforcement agencies will have a wide range of new encryption-busting powers after Labor dropped all opposition to a highly contentious bill and let is pass without extra changes.  

But what are specifically those “powers”? According to IT News, this new law gives law enforcement the power to ask technology companies to create a “vulnerability” on one or more target technologies that are connected with a particular person.

You may already know that most of the current social network applications such as Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram and so on , have an end-to-end encryption. That means, that communication between source and destination are encrypted. This has created a headache for law enforcement agencies as communication between bad guys could not be intercepted and therefore decoded.

Is this good or bad?

Well, I will leave this with you to decide. However, I am sure this will bring some controversies and discussions in the near future.

You can read more on this at the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018

As always, be safe out there, until next Malware Monday.