Moscow, may 30 — “News. Economy” In an open letter addressed to government communications Centre (GCHQ) 47 signatories, including Apple, Google, and WhatsApp, urged the British Agency on cyber security to abandon his plans under the Protocol “Prizrak” (“ghost protocol”).
Details of the initiative were first published in an essay by two senior officials of the UK in November 2018. In practice, this proposition offers a method, which would require messengers to send copies of messages to the third recipient at the same time sending direct to the recipient. Tech giants, social organizations and security experts ivy League appreciated the initiative of the British Agency as a “serious threat” of digital security and basic human rights.
In an open letter to the GCHQ are 47 signatures, including representatives of Apple, Google and WhatsApp, which called on the security services of the UK to abandon its plans under the Protocol “Ghost”.
It happened after intelligence officials have proposed a method by which law enforcement agencies could obtain access to reports, secure end-to-end encryption.
Details of the initiative were first published in an essay by two senior officials of the UK on cyber security in November 2018. Ian levy, technical Director of the British national centre of cyber security, and Crispin Robinson, head of cryptanalysis GCHQ proposed a process to receive messages, which would allow to avoid breaking encryption algorithms.
The authors stated that “the service provider will be relatively easy to add a member of law enforcement in group chat or call”. In practice, this proposal assumes that messages are duplicated to a third messenger to the recipient along with sending messages to the intended user.
Levy and Robinson argue that this proposal is more optimal than the methods of wiretapping used to read unencrypted messages. This refers to the use of chat applications and challenges that can automatically copy data calls.
Against this plan the signatories in the open letter argued that “to achieve this result, their proposal requires two modifications in the messengers, which could seriously undermine the security and trust of users.”
“First, would require that the service providers at the request of the government secretly introduced a new public key. This will turn a conversation in a group chat, where the government is the additional member or will need to add a secret government party to an existing group chat” — said in an open letter to GCHQ.
“Secondly, to ensure that the government will be added to the conversation in secret, the GCHQ initiative will require application messaging, service providers and operating systems to make changes in the used encryption schemes and / or have to enter confusing to the user, hiding the notifications that normally appear when a new party joins the chat”.
In response to an open letter to Ian levy of the National cyber security center said, “We welcome the response to our request for exclusive access to data — for example, to stop the terrorists. Hypothetical offer was always designed as a starting point for discussion “.
“We will continue to interact with stakeholders and look forward to open discussion to achieve the best possible solutions,” said levy in a commentary for CNBC.
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