Not surprising... I'm sure they have found flaws in cryptographic algorithms such as PGP and AES. Besides that since they watch ALL traffic they are able to see the key exchange for protocols such as SSL and TLS. Once they have the key the traffic is easily decrypted. Finally for anything else encrypted where a company maintains cryptographic keys (such as in a db) the secret surveillance court orders the company to hand over the keys and issues a gag order. It's completely fucking crazy.
We need new open source encryption standards and more secure internet protocols that change rapidly.
If you thought you could send critical information across several computers for decades and no one was ever going to peek at it you're too naive to live. The very reason this country's constitution is built the way it is is because the founding fathers knew better than to trust the government. What do you do about it? If you're that concerned about security you need to never touch a public network, period. Every security measure can be counteracted with the proper approach. This is the compromise of life, security comes at the cost of convenience. The more locks you have on your front door, the more locks you have to unlock every time you leave. Most people take a minimum amount of security to deter all but the most determined criminals. The safest measure is to not do anything that would make that attention on your computer an issue. Still, I am by no means excusing the government far overstepping their bounds. Thankfully for their sakes the American populace is already too sedated and stupified to realize they should be shocked and outraged about this gross invasion of their privacy and rights.
Sounds more like a sci-fi movie plot than reality.
Regardless, does it come as any great surprise that the ability to decrypt any commercially available encryption protocol exists? Any thing that you can put together via an algorithm (math) can be taken apart with the same.
This should come as no great eureka moment to any informed user.
The road to serfdom and 1984 are both excellent books to read. This surprises me, but yet it doesn't. It really just makes me sad. On a positive note, time to move to africa and live like an aborigine! But Im too white for that, hmmmmm back to the drawing board....
its not about trust, you know all american hardware and software is compromised, you know all chinese hardware and software is compromised, so what is the difference between the two? cost, and why use higher cost if its equally compromised.
The article states that the spy agencies "broke into the computer servers of uncooperative companies to steal information ..."
"If your work was that important, why didn't you go through the proper channels? Why not do it legally, do it right? Too slow for you? Too bad, but that's part of what our style of government is about."
Because they were "uncooperative" doesn't mean they were doing anything illegal as you state. Perhaps their privacy was as important to them as it is most people. And how were these improper channels?