Want NSA Attention? Use Encrypted Communications
Bad news has emerged for fans of PGP and other encryption services. The NSA is taking a gloves-off approach when you go this route.
Bad news for fans of anonymizing Tor networks, PGP and other encryption services: If you're attempting to avoid the National Security Agency's digital dragnet, you may be making yourself a target, as well as legally allowing the agency to retain your communications indefinitely -- and even use them to test the latest code-breaking tools.
Those revelations come via leaked documents that detail the operating guidelines for secret NSA surveillance programs authorized by Congress in 2008. Those documents include a one-page memorandum from a U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) judge, saying that the guidelines don't violate Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches.
Another one of the leaked documents, first published Thursday by the Guardian, was signed by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on July 28, 2009 and submitted to FISA. Titled "Procedures used by NSA to minimize data collection from US persons," it details the steps that the agency's analysts are required to follow when collecting and analyzing data intercepted by the agency's surveillance programs.
Subsequently, the The Washington Post published those documents, plus two more, including the judge's secret memorandum.... Read full story on InformationWeek
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