The NSA can see pretty much everything you do online as long as it’s not encrypted. That’s at least what a Snowden leak from last month claimed. The news spurred more people and businesses to sign up for more encryption services, but a new leak suggests that their efforts may have been all for naught.

The Guardian, in collaboration with The New York Times and ProPublica, report that the NSA employs a number of programs to break through the encryption software used everyday to protect the privacy of Internet users. These programs range from the use of super computers in decrypting files to outright paying companies to insert vulnerabilities into their own software...

More worrisome, however, are the back room deals negotiated by the NSA to ensure that it doesn’t even have to break through the encryption in the first place...


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