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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: What I don't understand about this guy...
By EricMartello on 9/8/2013 3:53:24 PM , Rating: 1
What I don't understand about this guy is why didn't he just stay anonymous? He could have leaked the information anonymously and still be fighting the system from within.

Or he could have leaked the information and quit if working for the NSA bothered his conscience that much.

But maybe he wanted to be a hero?

So far from what I've seen, "Snowden" was in the right for what he did. While the government should be able to 'spy' on non-US entities, the NSA has been regularly abusing its power under the tired old banner of "national security".

Snowden may just be a media avatar. Did anyone here actually meet him? Does anyone really buy into the story about him gaining access to all of this, feeling so emotionally burdened that he fled the country and started incrementally releasing documents at "just the right time"?

I'd say more than likely this is a ploy by the Obama administration to provide some much-needed distraction from whatever is going on at the moment. Whenever Obama's back is against the wall, like with this whole Syria thing, he drops another manufactured "NSA is evil" bomb to distract the media and citizens' attention away from more important things.

By the way, this NSA stuff is all happening under Obama. Despite him opposing these transgressions when he was running for prez in 2007, he not only continued these programs but expanded their scope and power news articles should be tying Obama to these NSA travesties in the headlines using sensationalized titles like this one:

"Obama's NSA continues its assault on the Constitution while he Continues to Seek Support for Yet Another War"

RE: What I don't understand about this guy...
By superstition on 9/8/2013 6:12:08 PM , Rating: 5
Most are viewing Syria as a distraction from the NSA scandal.

By EricMartello on 9/15/2013 9:42:51 PM , Rating: 2
We already knew the US Government was spying on its citizens for decades. Did Snowden's revelations show you anything you didn't already suspect?

"This is from the It's a science website." -- Rush Limbaugh

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