Facebook and Encryption

October 12, 2020

A number of experts have pointed to the information about Facebook’s contribution to child exploitation, human trafficking, and related activities. A good example is Robert David Steele’s “Betty Boop: Facebook Responsible for 94% of 69 Million Child Sex Abuse Images Reported by US Tech Firms.”  DarkCyber notes “Five Eyes and Japan Call for Facebook Backdoor to Monitor Crime.” The point of that Nikkei Asia paywalled article is that encrypted messaging apps are conduits of information related to criminal activity.

Russia has taken some steps to deal with Telegram messaging traffic. Other countries, including Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, and the United States express similar thoughts. Japan wants to “move closer” to these initiatives.

DarkCyber’s view is that the similarity of views among these countries is a response to a growing cyber crime challenge. The speed of instant messaging is one factor. The messaging apps’ growing robustness coverts what was Dark Web eCommerce within Tor to encrypted channels operating on the “open” Internet. Plus, the messaging apps allow users to create the equivalent of “chat groups” in which like minded individuals can share images and other information.

The call for a back door is getting louder. Providers of these software services may be reluctant to make changes. It is possible that change may be forced upon certain companies.

Stephen E Arnold, October 12, 2020


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