FBI Director Christopher Wray continues pushing for encryption back doors

“The encryption war is quiet now, but the murky back-and-forth between Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., is far from over,” Patrick Howell O’Neill reports for Gizmodo.

“FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Tuesday that the encryption issue is “getting worse and worse” for law enforcement around the United States at all levels. It’s a common refrain for government officials over the last half-decade, but it’s been a matter of sharp debate especially since the FBI overstated encryption device numbers last year,” O’Neill reports. “‘It can’t be a sustainable end state for there to be an entirely unfettered space that’s utterly beyond law enforcement for criminals to hide,’ Wray said. ‘We have to figure out a way to deal with this problem.'”

O’Neill reports, “‘I’m hearing increasingly that there are solutions’ for strong encryption that opens the targeted data to law enforcement, Wray said.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Once again: There is no “figuring out a way.” Encryption is either present in full or it’s worthless. If Wray is really “hearing increasingly that there are solutions,” then he’s listening to idiots.

Encryption is binary; it’s either on or off. You cannot have both. You either have privacy via full encryption or you don’t by forcing back doors upon Apple or anybody else. It’s all or nothing. — MacDailyNews, March 8, 2017

There have been people that suggest that we should have a back door. But the reality is if you put a backdoor in, that back door’s for everybody, for good guys and bad guys. — Apple CEO Tim Cook, December 2015

This is not about this phone. This is about the future. And so I do see it as a precedent that should not be done in this country or in any country. This is about civil liberties and is about people’s abilities to protect themselves. If we take encryption away… the only people that would be affected are the good people, not the bad people. Apple doesn’t own encryption. Encryption is readily available in every country in the world, as a matter of fact, the U.S. government sponsors and funds encryption in many cases. And so, if we limit it in some way, the people that we’ll hurt are the good people, not the bad people; they will find it anyway. — Apple CEO Tim Cook, February 2016

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FBI: End-to-end encryption like Apple’s ‘infects’ law enforcement – February 27, 2019
Apple, Google, Microsoft, and others denounce Australia’s ‘deeply flawed’ anti-encryption law – December 11, 2018
Backdoors: Australia passes laws allowing spies and police to snoop on encrypted communications – December 7, 2018
Apple to Australia: This is no time to weaken encryption; access only for ‘good guys’ is a false premise – October 13, 2018
Apple urges Australian government not to destroy encryption with ‘backdoors’ – October 12, 2018
Apple, other tech giants denounce proposed Australian law seeking encryption ‘backdoor’ – October 3, 2018
More proof that iPhone backdoors are a stupid idea: Massive cache of law enforcement personnel data leaks – July 2, 2018
Bipartisan ‘Secure Data Act’ would make it illegal for U.S. government to demand backdoors – May 11, 2018
Tim Cook’s refusal to create iPhone backdoor for FBI vindicated by ‘WannaCry’ ransomware attack on Windows PCs – May 15, 2017
The Microsoft Tax: Leaked NSA malware hijacks Windows PCs worldwide; Macintosh unaffected – May 13, 2017
Bungling Microsoft singlehandedly proves that ‘back doors’ are a stupid idea – August 10, 2016
U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu says strong encryption without backdoors is a ‘national security priority’ – April 29, 2016


  1. The problem is that repeating an untruth can ultimately swamp the truth, particularly when most people are far more worried about the remote threat to average citizens of becoming a victim of terrorism or violent crime than the much more likely threat from an invasion of privacy.

  2. The FBI and DOJ, still under Obama control, likes to be able to surveil citiznes without any search warrant. The tactics help to supply Specual Counsel Mueller with material to browbeat suspects with during interrogations, after they have conducted their military assaults on the citizens home at 4am with 30 machine gun brandishing “agents” to arrest the suspect, aka, friend of the President.

    1. The FBI is under the control of Christopher Wray, who is a Trump appointee. The DOJ is under the control of Bill Barr, who is the third Trump appointee to that position. Robert Mueller is a Republican who was appointed FBI Director by a Republican President, and was named Special Counsel by a Trump appointee.

      There is about as much evidence for the conspiracy theory that Obama is still running those agencies as that he was born in Kenya. There is even less evidence that the agencies like to illegally spy on citizens without a warrant. The issue Wray is raising is how much evidence they can gather WITH a warrant.

      The Fourth Amendment did not anticipate a category of evidence that could be exempted from a lawful search. The problem has left law enforcement grasping at the false hope of a solution that will allow access with a warrant but be completely secure otherwise. They lack the technical background to see that they are asking the impossible.

      1. The FBI is like a petulant child who wants something it can’t have and could give a damn about the dire consequences of their fervent invasive wishes. In their minds the “greater good.” Sure if we want to go the Orwellian route with a heapin’ helping of data scam disruptions.

      2. In 1984, Orwell visualized a London willing to accept totalitarian control, in part because the city was experiencing 20 to 30 large explosions every week. The Party was fueled by fear and hate of the enemy.

        It is hardly a petulant demand by the FBI that they receive adequate resources to keep the homeland safe, because the alternative is insecurity and overreaction that might lead to still worse incursions on our liberty. Remember the Freedom Act and the Alien and Sedition Acts?

        The difficulty is that the FBI is proposing a cure that is worse than the disease. That doesn’t mean that the disease (the use of uncrackable encryption by bad guys) isn’t a real problem.

  3. Yeah right…..and yet we have OLD Cellbrite iphone cracking gear on sale on Ebay……what could go wrong……OH WAIT

    The last DECADE of ILLEGAL misconduct and weaponization of the Intel Services and alll their illlegal unmaskings etc etc etc….

    HELLLLLLLL NO!!!! Screw your “trust us” muh back-door…..GFY!

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    Yep, that’s me, dependable, reliable John Dingler, artist. Extremely sane, extremely modest. Extremely progressive.

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