NSA Asks For Encryption Keys
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#1 Jul 28, 2013
REPORT: NSA Asks For Encryption Keys That Could Allow It To 'Live On The Network'
Just one question before you get to the story. When are we finally going to assemble a civilian militia to strike this filthy fed government and put them down like the dirty dogs that they are?
Don't count on the NRA all they want is money.
Now the story
Geoffrey Ingersoll Jul. 26, 2013, 1:24 PM 2,411 15
Government surveillance requests have reportedly gone as far demanding master encryption keys, from technology companies, Declan McCullagh of CNET reports.
Encryption keys are so important to government agencies as they would allow agents to decrypt intercepted communications internally, rather than request bits and pieces of decrypted information from private tech companies.
"The government is definitely demanding SSL keys from providers," a source who has responded to government attempts told McCullagh, adding that acquiescing would be illegal.
Anonymous sources also tell McCullagh that government entities have also made requests for passwords, yet companies have resisted those requests by saying the government would be effectively "acting" as a particular individual.
Those same companies Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, AOL, Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner Cable, and Comcast "declined to respond to queries about whether they would divulge encryption keys to government agencies," writes McCullagh.
A series of revelations from NSA leaker Edward Snowden about overarching government surveillance programs both foreign and domestically targeted eventually led to a Glenn Greenwald article in the Guardian about so-called "pre-encryption" access to emails. Greenwald writes that companies like Microsoft aided intelligence analysts in "circumventing" encryption, though Greenwald offered no clear definition of what "pre-encryption" or "circumvent" mean in this context.Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/government-dem...
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