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SIGINT victory: NSA and GCHQ unlock online encryption from big internet companies.

America Security News.- NSA diagram This network diagram, from a GCHQ pilot program, shows how the agency proposed a system to identify encrypted traffic from its internet cable-tapping programs and decrypt what it could in near-real time. Photograph Credit to Guardian

America Security News.- This network diagram, from a GCHQ pilot program, shows how the british sigint agency proposed a system to identify encrypted traffic from its internet cable-tapping programs and decrypt what it could in near-real time. Photograph Credit to Guardian

The intelligence agencies NSA (U.S.) and GCHQ (U.K.) were able to monitor “large amounts” of data (from Hotmail, Google, Yahoo and Facebook) flowing through the world’s fibre-optic cables and break its encryption, despite assurances from internet company executives that this data was beyond the reach of government.

The key component of the NSA‘s battle against encryption, its collaboration with technology companies, is detailed in the US intelligence community’s top-secret 2013 budget request under the heading “Sigint [signals intelligence] enabling”. GO TO SOURCE HERE