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What do Hackers and the NSA Want?

Jonathan S. Lybrook WordSecure By Jonathan S. Lybrook - Boulder, Colorado - July 30, 2013.

The news of rogue National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden provided little information we didn't already know as far as citizen privacy on the internet is concerned. Much like artists who foresee what science has yet to prove unequivocally, we all inherently knew "someone" was "watching" us on the internet. What we didn't know was how many Fortune 500 companies were assisting with the effort.

As Americans who have a constitutionally-protected right to privacy, degrees matter little. If our privacy is being violated, it's being violated.

While the NSA may not be watching most of us in real-time, they are collecting information. Such information could be used to build a case against anyone at any point in the future, as Mr. Snowden pointed out in his initial video admission of his actions from a hotel room in Hong Kong. Anyone can be painted as a criminal if their actions are all recorded and cherry-picked for negative content. In this way both ideological hackers and the NSA seek to exploit individuals or organizations pursuant to a supposedly higher purpose.

In theory, the NSA has no interest in direct financial profit. It is looking for anything tying an individual to terrorism, which is defined as intimidation through violence, or threat of violence. Should the FBI be looking to prosecute an individual for reasons other than terrorism, might they mine the information collected in the name of national security to prosecute someone? Say a computer hacker looking to harm organizations or individuals for ideological reasons, a need for peer recognition, website traffic, ego, or some other form of financial or non-financial gain? What about a government official or politician visiting unsavory websites or providing political favors to a mistress? What about you or me for reasons yet to be determined? Would encrypting the information you send to others with a secure messaging, VPN, or other bi-directional encryption service help prevent these types of people and organizations from getting to our personal data?

My answer: Unquestionably.

To date, WordSecure has not been asked to directly provide customer data to any government or government agency. Should that happen we, like the big providers, will be forced to comply with U.S. laws.

Large companies such as Verizon, Google, Microsoft and the like have essentially been bullied into providing this free intelligence information to the NSA. However, anyone with a reasonable degree of physical or electronic access and intent can likewise glean an enormous amount of data about a person or organization through unencrypted, CLEAR TEXT packets going across the internet. In fact, email, file attachments, web traffic, and Google searches, all can easily be collected with minimal training or experience with computers.

Data making use of strong encryption services provides an extra-tall hurdle for both criminal hackers and the NSA. While they can collect the information, decrypting it can take an enormous amount of time and resources which are finite - even for the U.S. Federal Government as the 2013 Sequestering has proven.

Yes, determined people with powerful computers can crack any password or encryption eventually, but only to the degree that the information is profitable and important to them. Providing some degree of encryption is a huge advantage over no encryption, just as it is better to lock your doors if you're concerned about the contents of your house being taken by strangers. Online privacy is every bit as important as physical privacy. Just ask anyone who has been the victim of identity theft if you are skeptical.

For more information:
CONTACT: Jonathan S. Lybrook, Managing Partner
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Jonathan S. Lybrook is Manager at WordSecure. WordSecure Messaging provides solid, commercial-grade, web-encryption services that exceeds the requirements for HIPAA compliance and ecommerce. It's the easiest way to send information securely.

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