Are US agencies deliberately keeping software vulnerable?

Do you use WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal or Confide? Wikileaks is currently releasing a stack of documents showing that the CIA has hoarded hacking tools. Edward Snowden commented: 'If you're writing about the CIA/@Wikileaks story, here's the big deal: first public evidence US government secretly paying to keep US software unsafe.' He added: 'The CIA reports show the US government developing vulnerabilities in US products, then intentionally keeping the holes open. Reckless beyond words.' Specifically named as vulnerable: WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal and Confide. How should IT pros respond to these situations? Are there questions to be asked about the ethics of IT pros in intelligence organisations?

Posted by Brian Andrew Runciman on 12th Apr 2017
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