Interesting article: A Saudi Arabia Tele ... / 2013-05-13

2013-05-13 Interesting article: A Saudi Arabia Tele ...
Interesting article: A Saudi Arabia Telecom's Surveillance Pitch - Moxie Marlinspike. Starting at a simple but chilling request by a big telco providing mobile Internet access in Saudi Arabia looking for lots of interception options it shows how 'security' and 'privacy' are becoming the victims of a trade in security exploits by parties who rather want to have an edge in accessing the private data of others than have security in general improve. The very interesting part is the observation by Moxie Marlinspike how he feels about this development:
If I'm really honest with myself, though, my interest in the preservation of 0day was also because there was something fun about an insecure internet at the time, particularly since that insecurity predominately tended to be leveraged by a class of people that I generally liked against a class of people that I generally disliked.
It's hard to say exactly when it happened, but these days, the insecurity of the internet is now more predominantly leveraged by people that I dislike against people that I like. More often than not, that’s by governments against people.
Please make computer systems more secure for everyone. Yes, that will include evil corporations. But the end users who may be able to communicate securely and in private in the end will thank you.

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