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Well the main thing that prevents something like this occurring is  that If a backdoor is inserted into the software then at some point it will leak that this has happened. At that point people stop trusting any encryption software, and Internet business spirals down the tubes. The world economy doesn't need Internet sales extracting from it. And thats the most positive view. The worst case is that it leaks to hackers and scammers rather than in general, at which point crime and junk goes through the celing, with everything flagged as being properly encrypted and so legitimate.

So do  you want to bet your entire economy, (and everyone elses) on that backdoor not leaking? on a purely economic view, any possible damage that a group of terrorists and activists can do is small potatoes compared to the damage that can be done by the leak of the backdoor.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Dec 21st, 2010 at 11:22:43 AM EST
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