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[FYI] (Fwd) Freeh says DoS attacks require FBI access to plaintext
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Date sent: Wed, 16 Feb 2000 18:01:36 -0500
From: Declan McCullagh <email@example.com>
Subject: Freeh says DoS attacks require FBI access to plaintext
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Everything Hacked but the Budget
by Declan McCullagh (email@example.com)
1:15 p.m. 16.Feb.2000 PST
Justice Department and FBI officials
Wednesday told a Senate panel that last
week's denial of service attacks provide
ample reason to give law enforcement
bigger budgets and additional powers.
Repeating a long-standing theme, he said
data-scrambling encryption products
posed a real danger to police, who
needed access to descrambled
documents or communications.
During previous appearances on Capitol
Hill, Freeh has warned of drug smugglers,
child pornographers, spies, and terrorists
cloaking their communications with impunity.
Now he said hackers, such as the ones
responsible for the denial of service
attacks, could encrypt their files and
make the evidence "all but worthless to
"Without the ability of law enforcement to get
court-ordered access to plaintext, we're going
to be out of business," Freeh said. "If it is
unaddressed, we're not going to [be able to]
work in many of these areas."
He said that the FBI is finding more and
more cases -- including 53 last year -- in
which suspects are using encryption products
like PGP to shield their files.
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