> Message du 03/06/14 10:51 > De : "Shaun O'Connor" > > I take your point about the encryption dilemma(did I spell that > correctly). I think the Jury is out on that particular issue though... > > Personally I think we are in a perpetual game of cat and mouse with > those who make it their business to know everything about everyone.. > The rewards for the spies are too great for this game to end one day. The game will continue, but because of these disclosures by half-2015, the spies will have to start all over again, at least against people who are aware and actively protect their systems. Because those that got legacy systems will be forever under the treat. Considering our increasing life expectancy and the fact that we are using Cobol and Fortran codes made 40 years ago in many financial and scientific institutions, we can count many exploits discovered in the last decade to be still exploitable in 100 years. Because those systems won't go away. An example of why this is possible, is how many webservers (not merely firmware routers hard to re-flash) you will find that are still vulnerable to heartbleed. The rate of correction seems to be asymptotic, thus always leaving some uncorrected systems till the end of their usable lives. Put that in an automated system like spy agencies have, and you have interesting data streams forever to exploit. The only solution to stop them is to uncover their taps and block them, those are much smaller in number and easier to tackle than millions of machines.