Yahoo Concerned About NSA Encryption Revelations

/ 5 years ago


Yahoo has addressed recent revelations that the NSA and the GCHQ are both capable of getting around encryption. The revelations coming from the New York Times and the Guardian, sourcing from the Snowden files, essentially stated the NSA and the GCHQ could both get around common encryption methods by bypassing them, cracking them or cracking the online security systems at either end. Yahoo is one of the companies who can reportedly be easily accessed by the NSA’s methods.

A Yahoo spokeswoman addressed the revelations to Bloomberg stating that:

“We are unaware of and do not participate in such an effort, and if it exists, it offers substantial potential for abuse…Yahoo zealously defends our users’ privacy and responds to government requests for data only after considering every applicable objection and in accordance with the law.”

Of course Google, Microsoft, Facebook and other large technology companies are likely to make a similar sentiment. The question is if they are genuinely surprised by these revelations, what can they do to fix this apparently huge security loophole that allows the NSA and GCHQ to get around certain encryption methods?

Image courtesy of Yahoo

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