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Greenwald, Schneier on Democracy Now re: the NSA Encryption Story

‘The End of Internet Privacy? Glenn Greenwald on Secret NSA Program to Crack Online Encryption’
‘Undermining the Very Fabric of the Internet”: Bruce Schneier on NSA’s Secret Online Spying’



Yesterday TarheelDem had  posted  ‘A Cryptographic Engineer Looks at the Latest NSA Reports’, largely based on this post by Matthew Green.  You may see that I gave him the exact same link toward the end of the comment stream (blush). 

Green was parsing the Encryption story; THD and kgb999 had some interesting takes on what any of it might mean to an individual, and what it probably won’t mean: unless…, of course.  Maybe they’ll happen along here as well.

Here is ‘NSA’s War on Global Cybersecurity’, by Julian Sanchez.

Glenzilla’s piece from yesterday, ‘NSA encryption story, Latin American fallout and US/UK attacks on press freedoms:  The implications of the prior week’s reporting of NSA stories continue to grow’ is here.  He lines out what new stories he’s working on, next one Sunday from Brazil; it’s packed with links and quotes.

From Ars Technica, ‘

From Ars Technica, ‘Spooks break most Internet crypto, but how?; In a post-Snowden era, it’s getting hard to tell prudence from paranoia’

An excerpt:

‘Thursday’s revelation that US and British intelligence agencies are able to decode most Internet traffic was a transforming moment for many, akin to getting definitive proof of intelligent extraterrestrial life. It fundamentally changed the assumptions that many of us have about the tools hundreds of millions of people rely on to shield their most private information from prying eyes. And it challenged the trust placed in the people who build and provide those tools.

But the reporting from the New York Times, ProPublica, and The Guardian was short on technical details about exactly how cryptographic technologies such as virtual private networks and the secure sockets layer (SSL) and transport layer security (TLS) protocols are bypassed. As stated recently by Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who leaked highly classified documents leading to the reports, “Encryption works. Properly implemented strong crypto systems are one of the few things you can rely on.” How is it, then, that agents from the NSA and its British counterpart known as the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) are reportedly able to bypass the crypto protections provided by Internet companies including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Yahoo?’  (and some answers)


At the ProPublica version is this 9/6/2013 update from the Director of National Intelligence, Serial Liar, Liar: ‘The Honorable James R. Clapper, Jr.’:

“It should hardly be surprising that our intelligence agencies seek ways to counteract our adversaries’ use of encryption. Throughout history, nations have used encryption to protect their secrets, and today, terrorists, cybercriminals, human traffickers and others also use code to hide their activities. Our intelligence community would not be doing its job if we did not try to counter that.

While the specifics of how our intelligence agencies carry out this cryptanalytic mission have been kept secret, the fact that NSA’s mission includes deciphering enciphered communications is not a secret, and is not news. Indeed, NSA’s public website states that its mission includes leading “the U.S. Government in cryptology … in order to gain a decision advantage for the Nation and our allies.”

The stories published yesterday, however, reveal specific and classified details about how we conduct this critical intelligence activity. Anything that yesterday’s disclosures add to the ongoing public debate is outweighed by the road map they give to our adversaries about the specific techniques we are using to try to intercept their communications in our attempts to keep America and our allies safe and to provide our leaders with the information they need to make difficult and critical national security decisions.”

FDL denizen juliania has kindly agreed to host since my weekends are crammed with chores, most of them…as yet unaccomplished.  Gardens don’t wait, for one thing.  I’ll pop in as I’m able.

Oddly enough, yesterday’s MSM coverage often led with this story; dunno quite why it captured so many imaginations.  But as the stories keep a-comin’, their power increases, and they’ve certainly caused the world to look with suspicion on this nation’s true character.  Many have had direct experience with the implications of such broad Stasi-like surveillance, and they are drawing their own conclusions, and will continue to, as more stories emerge.  Some of the same coalitions against the Security State over-reach and objections to Obama bombing Syria have been in evidence since the beginning, and that’s very cool, imo.

As an aside, fdl’s walkinboots mentioned that these signs that people are beginning to say ‘No’ to war and surveillance may be a step along the road to the Great Awakening of Consciousness that has been foretold by many Indigenous seers.  That is a wonderful thought.

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