News | International
25 Nov 2017 22:28
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Olympic Games
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > International

    Cracking down on encryption could 'make it easier for hackers' to penetrate private services

    A former head of Britain's domestic security agency warns that cracking down on the use of online encryption could lead to more illicit hacking.


    A former head of Britain's domestic security agency has warned that cracking down on the use of online encryption could lead to more illicit hacking.

    Lord Jonathan Evans, who was head of MI5 between 2007 and 2013, told the ABC there was a strong public interest in ensuring individuals and businesses continued to have access to important cyber security technology.

    "My personal view is that we should not be undermining the strength of cryptography across the whole of the cyber market because I think the cost of doing that would be very considerable," Lord Evans said.

    "I think if you don't have secure encryption, it makes it easier for the hackers.

    "It means it's easier to get into financial services, into people's private emails, into their own messages when there isn't lawful authorisation."

    The Turnbull Government is working on legislation designed to force tech companies to hand over encrypted messages to prevent terrorism and solve crimes.

    It is thought that the planned legislation could draw on British laws introduced in 2016.

    Before the UK legislation passed, Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook warned it could have "dire consequences" by providing a back door to devices where personal data and communications could be stolen.

    Lord Evans was not commenting directly on the Turnbull Government's proposals, but said any politicians planning to tackle terrorists who used encryption methods needed to juggle the competing interests.

    "On the one hand, there is a general consensus that with appropriate lawful authorisation, it's right that the government or government agencies can access the communications of those people who cause a threat," he said.

    "On the other hand, there is also a very strong public interest in ensuring that we have cyber security so we can live our lives on the internet, so we can undertake our business activities on the internet."

    Lord Evans made the comments before giving the keynote address at a lunch at Australia House in London organised by Business Events Sydney.

    The former MI5 chief has spent most of his professional life fighting terrorism.

    He worked as a senior intelligence official in Northern Ireland in 1990s, was in charge of British efforts to combat Al Qaeda after 9/11 before taking over as director-general of Britain's domestic intelligence agency.

    He said tech companies have a responsibility to work with intelligence agencies.

    © 2017 ABC Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved


     Other International News
     25 Nov: Donald Trump and Time magazine dispute Person of the Year plans
     25 Nov: NZ condemns terrorist attack in Egypt
     25 Nov: AFP experts enhance footage of suspects in Indonesian acid attack on Novel Baswedan
     25 Nov: Jakarta is a city of smokers, but its vape bars are under threat of government crackdown
     25 Nov: How a love of sailing helped Einstein explain the universe
     25 Nov: Kim Kardashian, Rihanna throw support behind jailed teen Cyntoia Brown
     24 Nov: Rohingya refugees weigh people smuggler offers rather than return to Myanmar
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    Simplicity key to last Test win: Whitelock More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    Source of foul smell in Auckland revealed More...



     Today's News

    Soccer:
    Mariners thump Phoenix to end winless run 21:56

    Motorsports:
    McLaughlin in box seat for Supercars title 21:46

    International:
    Donald Trump and Time magazine dispute Person of the Year plans 21:26

    Auckland:
    Car crashes near diners at restaurant 21:17

    Cricket:
    West Indies in the runs in tour opener 19:16

    Politics:
    Tamaki defies critics at Auckland rally 18:36

    International:
    NZ condemns terrorist attack in Egypt 18:06

    Politics:
    Outside team to report to Govt on housing 17:26

    Education:
    Kiwi students physically restrained 16:56

    Entertainment:
    Noel Gallagher has dismissed his brother Liam as his "former tambourine player" 16:50


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2017 New Zealand City Ltd