Everyone makes mistakes. And anyone can misunderstand a subject, most certainly when it's to do with technology and security. Yet Bloomberg has just published a piece that effectively advises us all to leave the front door of our houses open. A criminal who wants to get by our locks could do it, so, hey, just open the door now and be done with it.
"'End to end encryption' is a marketing device used by companies used by companies such as Facebook to lull consumers wary about cyber-surveillance into a false sense of security," writes Bloomberg opinion columnist Leonid Bershidsky
He does throw in that "encryption is, of course, necessary," but does so in a paragraph that Bloomberg notes was "updated to clarify uses of end-to-end encryption." And then he immediately goes on to dismissing it as a "smokescreen" used by technology firms trying to avoid "government snooping."
This is in the wake of the WhatsApp attack where a security flaw meant it was possible to install spyware on Android and iOS phones. You had to be what Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, described as advanced and highly motivated i ..