Skip to comments.Close the N.S.A.ís Back Doors
Posted on 09/22/2013 2:22:00 PM PDT by shego
In 2006, a federal agency, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, helped build an international encryption system to help countries and industries fend off computer hacking and theft. Unbeknown to the many users of the system, a different government arm, the National Security Agency, secretly inserted a "back door" into the system that allowed federal spies to crack open any data that was encoded using its technology....
The New York Times, The Guardian and ProPublica recently reported that the agency now has access to the codes that protect commerce and banking systems, trade secrets and medical records, and everyone's e-mail and Internet chat messages, including virtual private networks...
These back doors and special access routes are a terrible idea, another example of the intelligence community's overreach. Companies and individuals are increasingly putting their most confidential data on cloud storage services, and need to rely on assurances their data will be secure. Knowing that encryption has been deliberately weakened will undermine confidence in these systems and interfere with commerce.
The back doors also strip away the expectations of privacy that individuals, businesses and governments have in ordinary communications. If back doors are built into systems by the NSA, who is to say that other countries' spy agencies--or hackers, pirates and terrorists--won't discover and exploit them?
The government can get a warrant and break into the communications or data of any individual or company suspected of breaking the law. But crippling everyone's ability to use encryption is going too far, just as the N.S.A. has exceeded its boundaries in collecting everyone's phone records rather than limiting its focus to actual suspects....
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In order to do this we need more Rand Paul type small l libertarians. THey are the only people who are actually gonna do more about this than simply talk about it and simply protest it when convenient. You may loathe small l Rand Paul type libertarians with a passion but that is the cold hard truth.
no sleep here!
I think we can safely assume they are broken.
Backdoors are not for the use of the NSA. They are for the use of federal and local agencies that do not have success to the NSA systems, such as the FBI and Sheriffs. The NSA can read your encrypted mail faster than you can.
The NSA does what it is paid and authorized to do by our “representatives” in Congress.
NSA: “we don’t need no ‘stinkin’ warrant. You turkeys will never know anyway”