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Hack of NSA tools delivers another blow to encryption bill backers

By Charlie Mitchell / August 17, 2016

The disclosure that hackers stole some of the National Security Agency's most valuable hacking tools is reinforcing arguments made by the tech industry and digital privacy community against legislation that would mandate “back doors” into encrypted tech products.

“I think it goes back to what we have been saying for several months now – that a back door is a trap door because any work-arounds for government can easily be exploited by the bad guys,” said one tech-industry representative.


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