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Snowden is releasing more details about the NSA's tactics

The National Security Agency (NSA) was called out by its former contractor -- Edward Snowden -- for its various efforts to spy on American citizens and abroad. Now, Snowden has leaked new details about the NSA's ability to tap into communications and even bypass almost any encryption.

According to an article by The New York Times, Snowden revealed that the NSA will go to far lengths to subvert most types of encryption, including court orders, supercomputers, technical stunts and even by working with tech companies to gain back-door access to security methods. 

For instance, both American and British spy agencies pushed to gain back-door access to tech giants like Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and Microsoft. This went on for at least three years, and by 2012, Government Communications Headquarters had created new access opportunities with Google.

An international standards group had a fatal security flaw pushed into it by the NSA.
Microsoft engineers found the flaw in 2007. 

Snowden went on to say that there is even a small group of intelligence officials around the globe that have full access to decoding technologies. This is a group of analysts from the Five Eyes, which consists of the NSA and its equivalents in Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

However, Snowden did say that "strong crypto systems" couldn’t be decoded by the NSA. 

To top it off, Snowden said that the NSA spends about $250 million USD to diminish international encryption standards (as well as products) so that it can decode what it wants. The NSA has also said, according to Snowden, that decrypting messages from Syria and al-Qaeda leaders are critical for national security. 

Edward Snowden uncovered the spying methods used by U.S. intelligence agencies earlier this year, which included collecting data from phones. This was used to fight terrorist attacks, but the public feared for their privacy after such revelations.

Last month, reports said that the NSA admitted to touching 1.6 percent of total globe Web traffic. Its technique was to filter data after harvesting it, which led to over-collection on a major scale. 

Days later, an internal audit showed that the NSA broke the law nearly 3,000 times from 2011 to 2012. More specifically, the May 2012 audit revealed that the NSA had abused its power to either accidentally or intentionally spy on Americans and green card holders 2,997 times in that time period. 

Source: The New York Times

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RE: Correct me if i am wrong
By ebakke on 9/6/2013 8:32:56 PM , Rating: 2
Please tell me how giving the Chinese that information was helping to protect me as a citizen from my Government? Answer that, and I'll shut up.
You're arguing his actions were indefensible because he may or may not have given the Chinese government other information beyond what has been publicly released, and that may or may not have been damaging to you. You're claiming, without any evidence to support it, that he did give the Chinese info and that it was bad. I can't tell you how giving the Chinese government information I don't know exists (or the contents of it, if it does exist), is good or bad for you.

What I do know, is that the US government trampling on the liberty of individuals worldwide is something I want shared with everyone, because only the severe and punishing backlash of an angry citizenry will stop it.

RE: Correct me if i am wrong
By Master Kenobi on 9/7/13, Rating: 0
RE: Correct me if i am wrong
By ebakke on 9/8/2013 12:03:46 PM , Rating: 2
No liberties are guaranteed anywhere. They're merely codified in law. But that law means nothing if the citizenry collectively shrugs when its broken.

To the point you were making, I wasn't specifically referring to laws. I was more viewing liberty in the abstract. I think humans, regardless of their country of residence, have the right not to be tracked. The right not to have their every movement recorded for future analysis. I think humans have the right to peacefully exist without the world's largest, and most powerful government keeping a list of who's naughty and who's nice.

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