Guest Post: Why We Think The NSA Is Lying
by Simon Black
“At what point do we just start calling these guys the Stasi,” asked a friend over coffee today. He was, of course, referring to the latest news out of the Guardian that the NSA and its British counterpart GCHQ have ‘cracked codes’ across the Internet that were once thought uncrackable. We’re deeply suspicious some of the NSA’s assertions. They seem to be claiming that they have cracked nearly everything, and that they have backdoor access to privacy software. But this is practically impossible. Our assessment is that this is an intimidation campaign. The NSA wants people to think that they have this capability. If everyone thinks that the NSA is Big Brother’s Big Brother, all-seeing and all-knowing, then not only will everyone be terrified, but everyone will simply stop using encryption. After all, why bother going through the hassle of encrypting/decrypting if the NSA can still read the contents of your email?