back to article Over 100 Taiwanese political figures' messages leaked outta LINE app

Law enforcement agencies in Taiwan are investigating a cyberattack on over 100 local political figures and dignitaries who used the messaging app LINE. A statement issued Wednesday by LINE confirmed the attack and stated the company took measures to protect its users and reported the incident to relevant law enforcement …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Get that encryption outta here!

    Firstly, "outta" in a headline not otherwise impersonating colloquial speech? Whatcha playin at Reg?

    Secondly, the real security vulnerability is being able to turn off encryption in the first place. Why would such an option exist?

    1. AndersH

      Re: Get that encryption outta here!

      You're outta line ;-)

    2. teknopaul Silver badge

      Re: Get that encryption outta here!

      Seems like a good idea that government officials should have their encryption turned off.

      Publish their expenses while your at it.

    3. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

      Re: Get that encryption outta here!

      The real vulnerability is using a "secure" messaging platform that wasn't developed by security experts or cryptographers. LINE's code is "not consistent with well-known cryptography engineering best practices".

      There's been a proliferation of OTT messaging platforms that make all sorts of security claims. As we saw with the Zoom "end-to-end" scandal and other cases, those claims are often rubbish, and even when they're accurate in themselves, they paper over a wealth of other vulnerabilities which make them largely irrelevant.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The commercial chat stuff is not encrypted.

  3. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    That'll be a few politicians who can see the consequences of unencrypted communications. Will they see the solution as one that should apply only to themselves?

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