Revealed: how US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security
by James Ball, Julian Borger and Glenn Greenwald
Posted September 10, 2013
This story has been reported in partnership between the New York Times, the Guardian and ProPublica based on documents obtained by the Guardian.
US and British intelligence agencies have successfully cracked much of the online encryption relied upon by hundreds of millions of people to protect the privacy of their personal data, online transactions and emails, according to top-secret documents revealed by former contractor Edward Snowden.
The files show that the National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have broadly compromised the guarantees that internet companies have given consumers to reassure them that their communications, online banking and medical records would be indecipherable to criminals or governments. More…