U.S Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein while speaking at the 10th Annual Utah National Security and Anti-Terrorism Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah on Wednesday said that legislation may be needed to solve the Justice Department’s ongoing problem with uncrackable digital encryption.
“The use of encrypted services poses a novel threat to public safety. We can disrupt attacks only if we are able to learn about them,” Mr. Rosenstein told attendees, according to remarks published by the Justice Department.
According to him, “one of our most significant and growing challenges is that terrorist groups often use encrypted communication channels”.
He gave an example of the San Bernardino terrorist attack where obtaining stored electronic information was time-consuming, expensive, and uncertain since technology providers often refuses to cooperate.
On May 17, 2017, Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as a special counsel to conduct the investigation into “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump” and his cohorts as well as any matters arising directly from that investigation. Rosenstein’s order authorizes Mueller to bring criminal charges in the event that he discovers any federal crimes.