Publicly Accessible Data and Code
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The very idea that Publicly Accessible Data and Code can be trusted to keep data private is utterly ludicrous, but that hasn't stopped the true believers.
- Every since John Perry Barlow declared that "Data wants to be free" there has been a mythology built up around the idea that anarchy is good for freedom.
- Phil Zimmerman followed up with PGP - pretty good privacy, which introduced the concept of a web of trust to replace the existing pillars of trust in authority.
- There is no evidence that this will every be possible given human nature.
- As expected criminals of all stripes have, as they always will, profited from the effect of lawless places in the world.
- But as "Deep Throat explained to Woodward and Berstein, the key is to "follow the money". That has always been what the tax man and the prosecutors do.
- In June of 2021 the reality hit the myth with a double whammy. in the constant cat-and-mouse games played by the bad guys against the good guys.
- The F.B.I. recovered most of the $4 million ransom paid in the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack. So much for privacy of public ledgers.
- The F.B.I. created their own secret message app called Anom which was adopted by over 12,000 users, many of them criminals. so much for security of public freeware.
- Jack Nicas and Michael s. Schmidt, Bitcoin and Encryption: A Race Between Criminals and the F.B.I. New York Times (2021-06-13) https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/12/technology/fbi-bitcoin-ransom-encryption.html?searchResultPosition=1