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Allegations that NSA tool can neutralize common online security

28.08.2013 04:05

Information has surfaced regarding surveillance software allegedly in use by the NSA that is able to neutralize SSL, or Secure Sockets Layer, and HTTPS, that being one of the internet’s most common ways to encrypt private information.

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Piotr 06.09.2013 13:59

Paint me Red and call me Betty... They say communism is bad. I suppose at least there you know you are being spied on and stripped off by the government, here all this spying is covered by the imaginary freedom's and governmental reassurance that you are a free man and can do whatever you like. Capitalism and freedom FTW.

 

Ryan Hellyer 29.08.2013 07:15

This isn't news. It's only useful if you have the keys. We already knew that anything hosted in the USA is open to attack from the USA government, hence if you need anything secured then you would either host your own keys (not viable for many things) or use a trusted authority.

 

WorkTogether 28.08.2013 19:17

Actions so lowdown as to be the actions of maniacs, are not worth commenting on, except that the US gummint is digging it's own grave globally... no one will attend their funeral either...

 

Troy Brooks 28.08.2013 19:09

So what! I think that is great. That is why all my transactions are done with throw away low limit gift cards.

 

Hanna Fuchs 28.08.2013 18:03

Locksmith only works in a corporate IT environment, where all the workstations are set up to trust the organization's certification authority. It performs a man in the middle attack against SSL, where there's one session between the security appliance and the remote server and another between the workstation and the security appliance.

 

Tyrant 28.08.2013 17:59

Dave Stuart 28.08.2013 15:01

I still can't figure out why our gummint is so set on spying on us. Most of what we do is in the public domain and the rest is just too boring to worry about.
Hate to think what we pay these peeping toms to intrude on us.

  


Think blackmail and coersion. If you are suspected of terrorism they can dig all the dirt they have on you and force you to do anything they want, or if you are running for public office rival politicians can dig through your browsing habits and smear your name.

 

John Jeremiah Smith 28.08.2013 16:01

Public key encryption is breakable, with or without the key, if some entity with adequate computer power is willing to hammer on it long enough.

Ope n-source encryption software is readily available. Modify the algorithm a little, recompile, and you have your own proprietary key encryption.

All "encryption&quo t; protocols provided by Microsoft and other software companies don't even slow down NSA record-keeping. MS et al provide universal keys for the government to use.

Come on, now. Did you think corporate fascism would be different?

 

Dave Stuart 28.08.2013 15:01

I still can't figure out why our gummint is so set on spying on us. Most of what we do is in the public domain and the rest is just too boring to worry about.
Hate to think what we pay these peeping toms to intrude on us.

 

Peter Boyle 28.08.2013 14:56

Only the nieve think that anything on the web is secure. This is just the modern equivelent to intercepting Telegraph messages, tapping telephones and decyphering coded radio messages. In the short run the young 'hacktivists' will produce more secure communications, which the spies will try to decode, etc. In the long term, someone will come up with a truly unbreakable code for information exchange and make a fortune with it. Public Key Encryption is unbreakable UNLESS you have the key, and that is its weakness. The government can, and does, get those keys.

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