NSA Chief Blames Encryption for Enabling Paris Terror Attacks

By Gary Cutlack on at

National Security Agency director Michael Rogers has come out with quite the incendiary statement on the current security hot potato, claiming that today's modern encrypted communications methods made it easier for the Paris attackers to coordinate their evil-doings -- going so far as to say the attacks "would not have happened" had the world's security agencies been granted access to all encrypted communications methods.

Rogers was basically having a moan rather than issuing a call for blanket backdoor access to every chat app on the planet, though, expressing his frustrations with: "Is it harder for us to generate the kind of knowledge that I would like against some of these targets? Yes. Is that directly tied in part to changes they are making in their communications? Yes. Does encryption make it much more difficult for us to execute our mission. Yes."

French authorities have said that the Paris attackers largely used SMS to coordinate their day of horror, though, so it's not immediately obvious how having a magic key to access the iPhones of the world would've made much of a difference to the outcome of last November's assault on France's capital. [Ars]

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