Let us look at some scenarios.
A few months ago in Russia there were several suicides in Russia of Medical Doctors who threw themselves out a two story Window while giving a telephone interview describing, what was it, a lack of supplies treating Covid19.
If agents of a government are willing to put “blood on the floor to,” prevent embarrassment to the government. Then one must consider what such agents would do to the suppliers of computer software to persuade them to give them access to the messages sent by such software. We could make several presumptions.
Thinking of the opposite. Kaspersky was once based in Russia, and has now moved to Switzerland because they became involved in Russian government acquiring, appears the entire library of CIA hacking tools. Russia did not stop Kaspersky from moving. I will not repeat that whole story of why Kaspersky said they were innocent in Russia getting CIA hacking tool kit.
If Signal was written, maintained in China (Red China) would you trust it with your secure communications? Actually, at one time, all communications using Zoom went through servers based in China. Leaving us to believe that the Zoom encryption was secure.
Let us expand on that. Some of the companies mentioned are Encrypted Messengers, like Signal. Many of those in the privacy-security have a relationship with the guy who built Signal. I think Signal is a US based company, and those involved with its maintaining are in US. But I have not looked that up. The a guy they believe built Signal to be secure in nearly all circumstances. I don’t question his integrity. If the US government does more to persuade the writers of Security Software to than serve warrants by tough, but legally minded federal agents we are in trouble.
A good way to determine whether the writer of Security Software is being threatened by, non legal ways to give up the Security of his software. For us to suspect that, is for us to be aware that government agents are leaving “blood on the floor,” in other ways and times.
No one I have heard on these boards has ever said that, the (US government-Western Europe) , to their knowledge, has’ left blood on the floor,’ of their own citizens. The US government drops cruise missiles in places like Afghanistan, and even an Iranian Quds General in Iraq.
Several years ago, BlackBerry was trying to recover. Saudis were on the verge of banning Black Berry use in their country when they struck a deal with Corporate Black Berry. A question was asked of BlackBerry senior operating officer concerning use of Black Berries in Saudi Arabia. The senior operating office of BlackBerry, during an interview, was not willing to discuss the deal with the Saudi Government. Leaving many to think that corporate Black Berry could be coerced in some undefined way by any major country.
Within recent years. Saudis murdered a Journalist that criticized the Saudi power group.
If we can determine that in the (US-Western Europe) that ‘blood is not on the floor.’ And. We can feel that the writers, maintainers, providers of Encryption-Security Software are able to do what they do without threat. If their personality is known such they can not be bought out. We can make the conclusion we can trust the system of 'Canary Warrants" that is currently used to let us know when to take caution.
I would also conclude that many who are into Security Stuff are, protecting their idea property. Amateurs on this forum, are just messing with the man. Wink.