US policy actively discouraged the incorporation of basic security …

US policy actively discouraged the incorporation of basic security technology in our computing infrastructure, lest it might help some future criminal conspiracy cover its tracks. It also meant that the computers, phones, and other gadgets used by the rest of us would have to remain exposed to other criminals – those who might want to illegally exploit the very same surveillance techniques that the government hoped to preserve for itself. The results for cyber-security, you might recall, weren’t very pretty. We effectively gave the bad guys a big head start before we started securing things.

(…) The latest wiretap report identifies a total of just six (out of 3194) cases in which encryption was encountered, and that prevented recovery of evidence a grand total of … (drumroll) … zero times. Not once.

Matt Blaze: Wiretapping and Cryptography Today

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