Over the last year, nearly all the news and outrcy about the National Security (NSA) has focused on its programs to collect phone records and spy on Internet communications. However, the NSA is also engaging in secretly undermining essential encryption tools and standards and, among other things, putting backdoors into computer hardware and software products.
Not only have they stockpiled the vulnerabilities in commercial software we use every day rather than attempting to fix those security flaws, they have been putting spyware into computers around the world by impersonating popular sights like Facebook and LinkedIn. They have even gone so far as to hack into Google and Yahoo’s private data links.
Congress has finally started paying attention to these disturbing actions. In June, the House voted to approve two amendments to defund the NSA’s attempted to undermine encryption standards and to insert surveillance backdoors into the communications technologies we rely on. Repesentatives Zoe Lofgren and Alan Grayson sponsored these amendments. (more…)