Documents Show NSA Invested Billions to Break Encryption

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If you thought encryption would save you from NSA spying, you are mistaken.

According to a report by the New York Times, new documents show that the NSA invested billions of dollars back in 2000 to build and deploy “custom-built, superfast computers to break codes.”

At the time, the NSA also began working with technology companies in the US and abroad to build entry points into their products. Some companies say they were coerced by the government into handing over the master encryption keys or building a back door.

This isn’t the first time these type of allegations have surfaced about the NSA. In August, documents obtained by the Guardian showed that the NSA gave millions of dollars to Internet companies to cover the costs associated with meeting new certification demands.

In July, shortly after the PRISM program was uncovered, the Guardian got its hands on documents that alleged Microsoft helped the NSA circumvent its encryption, and the agency had pre-encryption stage access to email on Outlook.com and Hotmail. Microsoft later denied the report.

So what does this mean for web hosts? It doesn’t hurt to be completely transparent with your customers so they know where you stand when it comes to government snooping. Now, more than ever, it is important to make it clear to your customers how you deal with government requests for information.

Read the full New York Times report here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/06/us/nsa-foils-much-internet-encryption.html?_r=1&

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