“The risk is that when you build a back door into systems, you’re not the only one to exploit it,” said Matthew D. Green, a cryptography researcher at Johns Hopkins University. “Those back doors could work against U.S. communications, too.”
Some of the agency’s most intensive efforts have focused on the encryption in universal use in the United States, including Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, virtual private networks, or VPNs, and the protection used on fourth generation, or 4G, smartphones. Many Americans, often without realizing it, rely on such protection every time they send an e-mail, buy something online, consult with colleagues via their company’s computer network, or use a phone or a tablet on a 4G network.
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The NSA has far too much power to spy on innocent Americans without any meaningful oversight. It's gotten so bad that even one of the original ultra-conservative authors of the Patriot Act, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, joined with progressive stalwart Rep. John Conyers and Senator Patrick Leahy in introducing a bipartisan NSA reform bill. This bill, which they named the USA Freedom Act, would end…
This petition is from Daniel Ellsberg, a heroic whistleblower whose leak of the documents that became known as the Pentagon Papers was a game-changing event that altered public attitudes about Vietnam and helped Americans understand what the government was doing in our name: In 1975, Senator Frank Church, who led a committee charged with investigating and making public the abuses of American…
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