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by Stephen Lendman
Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2013 at 11:20 AM
NSA Undermines Encrypted Communications
by Stephen Lendman
Unconstitutional spying is official US policy. Privacy no longer exists. Even encrypted communications are vulnerable.
On September 5, London's Guardian headlined "Revealed: how US and UK spy agencies defeat internet and privacy security."
They "successfully cracked much of the online encryption relied upon by hundreds of millions of people to protect the privacy of their personal data, online transactions and emails, according to top-secret documents revealed by former contractor Edward Snowden."
They show NSA and Britain's GCHQ compromised what online companies are sworn to protect. Virtually anything spy agencies want they can get. Financial, medical and other private information is gotten.
Snowden revealed "a battery of methods" used to do so. Encrypted information no longer is safe.
Covert measures "ensure NSA control over setting of international encryption standards the use of supercomputers to break encryption with 'brute force,' and - the most closely guarded secret of all - collaboration with technology companies and internet service providers themselves."
Covert business/spy agency partnerships insert "secret vulnerabilities" into commercial encryption software. They're called backdoors or trapdoors.
Information Snowden leaked reveal:
(1) In 2010, NSA's decade-long effort to breach encryption technology reached fruition. Doing so made "vast amounts" of
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