Government Hacking Makes Everyone Less Safe

"In a new paperRiana Pfefferkorn at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society (CIS) analyzes the cybersecurity risks of this practice for all internet users — not just law enforcement’s few targeted suspects. (The ACLU’s Jennifer Granick, formerly with CIS, contributed to the report.)

Pfefferkorn argues that government hacking creates an incentive to hoard — rather than disclose and patch — vulnerabilities that criminal hackers could steal or independently discover. She also points out that government hacking cultivates a market for surveillance tools and creates an incentive for the government to push for less secure software and standards."