The 2017 Pwnie Winner For Most Epic Fail

Laws Down Under

Credit: Government of Australia

Everyone wants to stop criminals. In a legislative effort to force vendors to hand over the plaintext contents of encrypted communications, Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull was confronted with the pesky laws of mathematics; that is, that with properly implemented crypto, no one, including vendors, could simply decrypt the user data. Turnbull replied “Well the laws of Australia prevail in Australia, I can assure you of that. The laws of mathematics are very commendable, but the only law that applies in Australia is the law of Australia”. Finally, some progress in the war on math!