The NSA has cracked the secure internet: 3 things to know about the latest Snowden leaks

Jesse Voluntaryist Mathewson:

VERY important! Read and understand!

Originally posted on Gigaom:

In the latest development in the ongoing scandal over U.S. surveillance practices, new reports show that the National Security Agency can break into a wide range of encrypted internet communications that have long been considered secure.

The revelations come from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who obtained a trough of highly-classifed information and has been slowly leaking it to the Guardian and the New York Times. The news outlets, along with Pro Publica, set out the new facts on Thursday in long articles that include slides and technical details.

Here are three important findings as to how the government is using “supercomputers, technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion” to access supposedly secure communications.

The U.S. government and its allies have “backdoors” to break into encrypted communications

In the 1990s, the Clinton White House lost a political battle to introduce the “Clipper chip,” which would have, in the…

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