FBI Boss: Your Crypto Is Confusing to Me

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Media Outlet: The Daily Beast

Using encryption, Comey said, persons of interest could “go dark” and communicate without law enforcement being able to eavesdrop. He was unable to provide any statistics on how often the FBI encounters this problem. But according to the latest numbers from the federal government, only 22 of the 2,275 wiretaps authorized by state judges in 2014 ran into encryption issues.


Shane Harris is a fellow with the International Security program at New America and a member of its Future of War team. He is a senior correspondent at The Daily Beast, and the author of @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex.