Snowden Strikes Again With New Leaks

Friday, September 06, 2013

The NSA whistleblower and former agent of CIA & NSA, Edward Snowden. (Laura Poitras/Praxis Films/Shutterstock)

Edward Snowden strikes again, this time lifting the lid on how far and to what extent the National Security Agency (N.S.A.) has been secretly unraveling encryption technology that we all rely onto keep our online data safe and confidential.

According to our partner The New York Times, the N.S.A. has bypassed or simply cracked much of the digital encryption used by businesses and regular Americans.

What was once thought to be protected isn't. According to reports, the N.S.A. has built powerful supercomputers to break encryption codes and spent billions of dollars in cahoots with other tech firms to insert "back doors" into their systems and software.

Scott Shane, national security correspondent for our partner The New York Times, explains Snowden's latest leak.

Guests:

Scott Shane

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [2]

Kate from NYC

Privacy on the internet is a fallacy. It always has been, always will be. Those of us who work in netsec have known this for a long time. Plus, those "encrypted systems" that people use, are incredibly easy to break into. I write for a well known security blog which deals with countering black-hat techniques. There is free-open source pentesting software which can accomplish this. You don't need to be in the NSA to get hold of it. Most of this information is available to almost anyone who has a internet connection.

Perhaps its a revelation to the general public but to the security community it is not.

I'm not surprised the NSA is spying. They would be stupid to not have their people out in the digital landscape. Nearly every government has a spying program of some sort to act as a defense against cyberattacks.

While I don't condone spying on domestic traffic, its inevitable that you will capture some unauthorized information. What they do with that information is really the question at bar.

From my understanding the big story here is how this NSA data has been used to jail people at the state level/local level. Since defense attorneys were not aware of its existence, much of this data is not being turned over during discovery. I believe this was a story NPR carried recently. No other outlet covered it.

Sep. 06 2013 02:05 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.The

How many more cards does Snowden have up his sleeve? Too bad he can't Houdini himself out of the shackles of Russia. The dude is stuck there, and who knows what they will ask of him.

Sep. 06 2013 12:10 PM

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