06 September 2013

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US UK intelligence crack all technology used to encrypt data by software companies

US UK intelligence crack all technology used to  encrypt data by software companies

Snowden leaks –

The NSA is said to spend $250m (£160m) a year on the top-secret program.

It is codenamed Bullrun, an American civil war battle, according to the documents published by the Guardian in conjunction with the New York Times and ProPublica.

The British counterpart program is called Edgehill, after the first major engagement of the English civil war, say the documents.

US and UK intelligence have reportedly cracked technology used to encrypt internet services such as online banking, medical records, and email.

Disclosures by leaker Edward Snowden allege the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the UK's GCHQ are hacking key online security protocols.

The encryption techniques targeted are used by popular internet services such as Google, Facebook, and Yahoo.

Under Bullrun, it is said that the NSA has built powerful supercomputers to try to crack the technology that scrambles and encrypts personal information when internet users log on to access various services.

The NSA also collaborated with unnamed technology companies to build so-called back doors into their software - something that would give the government access to information before it is encrypted and sent over the internet, it is reported.

As well as supercomputers, methods used include "technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the major tools protecting the privacy of everyday communications", the New York Times reports.

Source – BBC

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Friday, September 06, 2013

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Destination Infinity September 07, 2013  

Encryption is only a lock - With the right tools, it can be forced open. I wonder why Governments are so obsessive about collecting personal/organizational data like this!

Destination Infinity

Kirtivasan Ganesan September 07, 2013  

I read that Google says that if a machine is capable of reading mails it should be OK, provided no humans actually reads.
India needs three sets of laws when it comes to IT. First,Legal system with IT as the backbone.
Second, Legal system with court procedure. Third, a neutral stand which should be as and when.
Your comments, SM.

deeps September 07, 2013  

that sounds more like a good news in a way

Zucchini September 08, 2013  

Nice post, great blog, following :)

Good Luck :)

SM September 08, 2013  

@Kirtivasan Ganesan
Legal system with IT as the backbone.
agree with you

rudraprayaga September 08, 2013  

It is a new info. from UK's side.Thanks for the info.