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The NSA has a brilliant stance on encryption

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Discussions about the U.S. government’s need for breaking encryption have intensified following the mid-November attacks in Paris. Law enforcement agencies including the FBI and politicians have challenged tech leaders from Silicon Valley to find ways to include backdoors in encrypted products. That way, surveillance operations targeting potential terror suspects might have a better chance of successfully intercepting relevant communication.

Tech leaders, meanwhile, have stood firm against crippling encryption with backdoors, with Apple and Tim Cook at the forefront of this argument. That doesn’t mean tech companies unwilling to help intelligence agencies address terrorist threats – but they’ll just do it differently for the time being.

With all that in mind, one can’t help but applaud the NSA’s brilliant stance on encryption while simultaneously feeling a chill running down your spine.

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Chris Smith

January 23rd

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The NSA Can Spy on You With or Without Encryption

The leaders controlling the US surveillance apparatus can’t agree on encryption. FBI Director Comey has hysterically characterized it as a safe haven for evil-doers. A high-ranking Department of Justice official insisted that encryption could cause a child to die. Meanwhile, the National Security Agency’s leaders are extremely chill about encryption—which is terrifying.

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Kate Knibbs

January 21st

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Meet Jeb Bush’s police state: The NSA in charge of civilian data

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Given the various recent terrorist attacks, it’s no wonder that hackers, cybersecurity, encryption and surveillance are all major topics of this year's presidential campaign. Encryption was on the table during the sixth Republican debate on Thursday night, with Jeb Bush proposing a solution for guarding the American people that seems to be taken out of a George Orwell novel.

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Chris Smith

January 16th

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A Cybersecurity Bill Loathed By Tech Companies Is Now Law

If you thought the US government’s ability to spy on its citizens had languished of late, think again.

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Maddie Stone

December 19th

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Loophole lets the NSA spy on your email even though it’s not allowed to anymore

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The NSA and other Western spy agencies came under intense scrutiny following the massive Snowden leaks that revealed their tremendous powers when it comes to collecting increasing amounts of personal data. And while the U.S. government had to take steps to try to limit the NSA’s reach following these revelations, it turns out that the intelligence agency can bypass existing laws and still collect plenty of data – such as email – even though it’s not supposed to be legal

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Chris Smith

November 21st

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Catch 22 Déjà Vu: Court Rejects NSA Spying Case for Lack of Proof 

Imagine you know your neighbor is spying on you, and you sue them, but your case gets dismissed for lack of evidence. Then a few months later your creepo neighbor gets doxxed and his emails outline his elaborate plan for neighbor-stalking. You sue again. You’re gonna win, right?

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Kate Knibbs

October 23rd

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How the NSA broke encryption on trillions of secure connections

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Some Edward Snowden leaks have revealed that the NSA and other intelligence agencies can break encryption barriers for mass surveillance purposes. It has been theorized that a flaw in encryption used by many Internet services lets the spy agency decrypt HTTPS, SSH, and VPN traffic, and a new paper seems to prove that.

Indeed, a massive effort comparable to the attempts of breaking the German Enigma coding machine during the World War II seems to have given the NSA the tools required to break trillions of secure connections.

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Chris Smith

October 20th

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Jeb’s plan to woo Silicon Valley: Gut net neutrality, kill encryption, bulk up NSA

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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush -- or just "Jeb!" as he's called in his campaign signs -- probably won't win the endorsement of the Electronic Frontier Foundation given his positions on tech policy. In fact, we can't imagine many Silicon Valley types are pleased with Jeb's latest declarations this week that as president he'll kill net neutrality rules while at the same time bulking up the data collection powers of the National Security Agency.

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Brad Reed

September 24th

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The NSA Can Keep Tracking Phones After All, Rules Appeals Court

A federal appeals court just took a dump on privacy. They reversed the 2013 trial court decision that called the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection unconstitutional. The ban has been lifted. This is good news for the NSA and people with panopticon fetishes.

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Kate Knibbs

August 28th

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The NSA Can Keep Tracking Phones After All, Rules Appeals Court

A federal appeals court just took a dump on privacy. They reversed the 2013 trial court decision that called the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection unconstitutional. The ban has been lifted. This is good news for the NSA and people with panopticon fetishes.

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Kate Knibbs

August 28th

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