Internet security researchers are warning against the vulnerability of modern web browsers that allows an attacker to track or change communications that were previously thought to be secure. The issue dates back to the 1990s and the original “Crypto Wars” over the technologies now widely used to protect online communications.
“People building the new commercial internet wanted encryption because the Internet was insecure at its core,” said Peter Swire
, Georgia Institute of Technology professor and senior counsel in Alston & Bird’s Privacy & Data Security Group
. “Without encryption, senders and recipients didn’t know what servers in the middle would have access to their communications.”