An incredibly important statement by Glenn Greenwald. The Government is coercing companies to compromise the security of their encryption products so that the NSA (and all other agencies) can bypass the security to extract information. This is true of all makers of data security software and hardware and it is also true of Internet Security Providers (ISP’s). If you think that because you are using a major brand of security software or a major ISP and because of that your data is safe, I am telling you that you are wrong. The NSA and other spy agencies have made bought, coerced or cajoled their way into a provided back door into all security products and services. Even Microsoft, the largest provider of software has no secure product which the NSA cannot break into, even though they advertise that their products are safe.
I have to stress and repeat that NO SECURITY PRODUCT OR SERVICE IS SAFE FROM THE NSA AND OTHER AGENCIES AND CORPORATIONS THEY SUPPORT. If someone at a high level wants to do you ill, they can get to your information even though you have taken precautions against that.
Published on Sep 6, 2013
http://www.democracynow.org – A new exposé based on the leaks of Edward Snowden have revealed the National Security Agency has developed methods to crack online encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records. “Encryption is really the system that lets the internet function as an important commercial instrument all around the world,” says Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian, which collaborated with The New York Times and ProPublica on the reporting. “It’s what lets you enter your credit card number, check your banking records, buy and sell things online, get your medical tests online, engage in private communications, it’s what protects the sanctity of the internet.” Documents leaked by Snowden reveal the NSA spends $250 million a year on a program which, among other goals, works with technology companies to “covertly influence” their product designs. “The entire system is now being compromised by the NSA and their British counterpart, the GCHQ,” Greenwald says. “Systematic efforts to ensure that there is no form of human commerce, human electronic communication, that is ever invulnerable to their prying eyes.”
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