Non-TV Story of the Day: The NSA Has Been Able to Foil Basic Safeguards of Privacy on the Internet

Sep 6, 2013  •  Post A Comment

"The National Security Agency (NSA) is winning its long-running secret war on encryption, using supercomputers, technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the major tools protecting the privacy of everyday communications in the Internet age, according to newly disclosed documents," The New York Times reports.

The story continues: "Many users assume — or have been assured by Internet companies — that their data is safe from prying eyes, including those of the government, and the NSA wants to keep it that way. The agency treats its recent successes in deciphering protected information as among its most closely guarded secrets, restricted to those cleared for a highly classified program code-named Bullrun, according to the documents, provided by Edward J. Snowden, the former NSA contractor."

The story adds: "The agency has circumvented or cracked much of the encryption, or digital scrambling, that guards global commerce and banking systems, protects sensitive data like trade secrets and medical records, and automatically secures the e-mails, Web searches, Internet chats and phone calls of Americans and others around the world, the documents show."

The article also says: "The NSA hacked into target computers to snare messages before they were encrypted. In some cases, companies say they were coerced by the government into handing over their master encryption keys or building in a back door. And the agency used its influence as the world’s most experienced code maker to covertly introduce weaknesses into the encryption standards followed by hardware and software developers around the world."

To read more of this article about the NSA and privacy over the Internet, please click on the link in our first paragraph, above.


  1. There is no privacy any more. It’s not even guarded by the constitution! That’s the way it is, I guess!

  2. That’s exactly the attitude they’re counting on to be able to continue doing what they do.
    Eventually, however, it will backfire on them. History shows us it always does. There are lessons to be learned from history, but some people never do. They are either idiots who refuse to learn, or fools who think 1) rules don’t apply to them, 2) they are immune from the law of consequences, or 3) they have it all figured out.
    They never learn. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely… and eventually fails.
    In the long run (which may be longer than anyone or our children, or even their children will live)… there is no exception to this.

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