Security or privacy? Privacy or security? This tightrope is something making its presence felt more than ever in technology. The world stood witness to the recent Apple / FBI kerfuffle; Apple stood resolute in its principle and fended off of the feds for the time being. But this is far more than Apple’s war to wage, and that leads us back to the original question: Security or privacy?
Tor is a free download that provides its users anonymity on the Internet, initially designed to protect U.S. intelligence communications, it is today being leveraged for both good and “evil.” Actually, just last week one of its creators discussed the software’s inception and business use cases at Inside Dark Web.
Created to provide a safe place for government agencies and whistle blowers to communicate in a secure fashion, the Dark Web over time evolved into a breeding ground for illegal activity. From child pornography to illicit drugs, you can find on the Dark Web. Which brings us back to where we started: security or privacy?
The most recent tech faction under fire is Tor, so much so it has led one of the software’s developers to leave the country and hire a lawyer. CNNMoney reported Tuesday the developer who goes by the name Asis Agora Lovecruft, is avoiding an FBI subpoena to testify in a criminal hacking investigation. Days before her “escape,” Lovecruft was willing to sit and discuss FBI concerns with her lawyer present, but her lawyer was told he was not to be part of the discussion if that is, the FBI wish the discussion were to happen. Several days later, on Dec. 7 2015, Lovecruft left the country for Germany in response to the FBI visiting her and family members.
"I was worried they'd ask me to do something that hurts innocent people – and prevent me from telling people it's happening,” explained Lovecruft.
Aside from the laundry list of nefarious acts, the Dark Web serves as a safe place for some very positive work. Ranging from women’s rights research, whistleblowers, and the military to business executives and journalists, Tor provides the anonymity required and by offering a view by the curtain, Lovecruft would betray years of work.
She noted, "That would undermine all the work that we do to protect human rights activists, women researching birth control... all these people need privacy. They need what Tor provides," she said. "I would not undermine that."
At this point, it is unclear when Lovecruft will return to the United States. In April, the FBI inquired as to where they could send her a subpoena, which leads me to believe this “prodigal” daughter is not returning anytime soon. As she told CNNMoney, "I don't know what they want. I don't know what happens to me if I go back." Only time will tell, stay tuned as this is merely the beginning.
Which is it, security or privacy?
Antivirus software is not enough. Apex Technology Services used its decades of IT and cybersecurity
experience to create budget-friendly network security packages every company needs.
Please take a moment to fill out your information so we can contact you directly regarding your request.
In 1957, America's first computer magazine, Datamation, was launched, the name created by combining the words data and automation.
Getting the right electronic components for your device isn't always easy. Unfortunately, some parts are rarer than others and those that are particul…
Participation in e-sporting betting activities has been on the rise, and technology is the main driver of growth in this industry.
The Internet of Things is a common term in the tech world; however, it is rarely heard among the general population. Although we are all impacted and …
The world today relies on digital ways of life. People are more into social media. A few years ago, social media was just a place to connect and keep …