As the FBI publicly states that encryption has become a thorn in its side, describing it as a "huge, huge problem", does it mean that encryption is good or bad? There always has been a cat and mouse game between law enforcement agencies and those they seek to monitor, and thanks to prime numbers, encryption is making it more of a challenge. Encryption is getting stronger and is here to stay, so how will law enforcement agencies respond?
Agents at the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have been unable to extract data from nearly 7,000 mobile devices they have tried to access, the agency's director has said. Christopher Wray said encryption on devices was "a huge, huge problem" for FBI investigations. The agency had failed to access more than half of the devices it targeted in an 11-month period, he said. One cyber-security expert said such encryption was now a "fact of life".