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US and UK Crack Heads Not Codes

 

September 6, 2013

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The government isn't cracking codes, it's cracking heads.

Thriller superspy Edward Snowden's latest leak is that a US intelligence operation, codenamed Bullrun, and the UK's counterpart, codenamed Edgehill, have cracked the encryption codes protecting the emails, banking and medical records of hundreds of millions of people.

Encryption involves scrambling text to make it unreadable without the right encryption key.

What's an encryption key? Typically, the key is numbers that are hundreds of digits long. That's what makes the data secure because it would take thousands of years to try all possible keys to isolate a particular message.

THE BACK DOOR

According to Snowden, certain "unnamed internet" companies provided the government spy agencies with backdoor access to their security systems. Who are these unnamed internet companies? How about Google, Facebook and Yahoo who use the encryption techniques that have been presumably cracked?

These so called unnamed technology companies have given the government back door access into their software. They have given the NSA/GCHQ government spy agencies access to information BEFORE it is encrypted and sent over the internet. In other words, the government isn't cracking codes, it's cracking heads.

In addition, the NSA is believed to have subverted a US federal program to create new encryption algorithms so it can more easily get at any messages or data they were supposed to protect.

Critics say the NSA/GCHQ backdoors can be used by spies and undermine the role the web plays in modern life.

MONEY BUYS DATA

The UK and US intelligence agencies are focusing on pre-encryption data used in 4G smartphones, email, online shopping and remote business communication networks.

The agencies are also using "Technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the major tools protecting the privacy of everyday communications", the New York Times reports.

When the government spy agencies failed to install a "back door" in all encryption systems in 2000, they began investing billions of dollars in the back door operation. Money buys back doors.

The NSA has employed code-breaking computers and is (buying) collaborating with technology companies at home and abroad to build entry points into their products.

SAME OLD TERRORIST EXCUSE

NSA officials continue to defend the agency's "illegal" actions, claiming it will put the US at considerable risk if messages from terrorists and spies cannot be deciphered. But who are the terrorists and spies if not the the USA's NSA and the UK's GCHQ - the world's biggest spies and violators of human rights.

Snowden remains in Russia where he has been granted temporary asylum.

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