NSA Director Admits that Sharing Encryption Keys With the Government Leaves Us Vulnerable to Bad Guys

US Senator Ron Wyden asked the new NSA boss – General Mike Rogers – at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing today:

As a general matter, is it correct that anytime there are copies of an encryption key — and they exist in multiple places — that also creates more opportunities for malicious actors or foreign hackers to get access to the keys?”

NSA chief Rogers replied:

[It] depends on the circumstances, but if you want to paint it very broadly like that for a yes and no, then I would probably say yes.

Here’s the exchange.


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