NSA Can Crack Almost Any Type of Web Encryption
Posted: September 10, 2013 by Emily Brown
Having spent billions on research and technology, the National Security Agency is now able to see through any type of web encryption, including your personal emails. This means every time you read the phrase "Your data is safe with us," all safety you get is 100% imaginary.
According to recent documents leaked by NSA crimes exposer Edward Snowden, the agency can do literally whatever it wants. The hundreds of millions of dollars they spend annually to build backdoors into every kind of software out there are obviously not spent in vain. Thus, NSA can break through the most widely used encryption methods such as Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), virtual private networks (VPNs) and smartphone encryption services.
As for how the encryption cracking happens, it can be done in a couple of different ways. The leaked memos reveal that NSA can find way around the encryption by grabbing text either before it's encrypted, or after it's decrypted. Also, the bulk of the techniques used for encryption-thwarting are said to fall under the umbrella of a highly classified secret anti-encryption program called Bullrun.
Ever since NSA's fight against online encryption started back in 2000, the agency has been spending fortunes to provide access to whatever information they want, irrespective of how it's encrypted.
But in a way, this shouldn't be so surprising because we live in "the golden age of spying," as cryptographer Paul Kocher once said. Nothing is safe today.