Technology

Jun 6, 2018

Government’s malware backdoor confirms global village idiot status

The government's backdoor-without-a-backdoor attack on encryption appears to be a long-used police technique that has its own security problems.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Angus Taylor Cybersecurity Minister

Cybersecurity Minister Angus Taylor

The government has partially unveiled its long-awaited plans to establish backdoors in encrypted communications despite insisting it will not seek such backdoors. This slip-up happened via a clumsily reported version of a speech by junior minister Angus Taylor that hinted at the government's preferred approach to undermining encryption.

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