Prying Eyes: Inside the NSA’s War on Internet Security

DPA/ NSA. The NSA’s headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland: The US foreign intelligence agency views all encrypted communications as a “threat” to its operations.

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Source: Spiegel, 12/2014

The NSA's headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland: The US foreign intelligence agency views all encrypted communications as a "threat" to its operations. DPA/ NSA. The NSA’s headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland: The US foreign intelligence agency views all encrypted communications as a “threat” to its operations.

DPA/ NSA. The NSA’s headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland: The US foreign intelligence agency views all encrypted communications as a “threat” to its operations.

US and British intelligence agencies undertake every effort imaginable to crack all types of encrypted Internet communication. The cloud, it seems, is full of holes. The good news: New Snowden documents show that some forms of encryption still cause problems for the NSA.

When Christmas approaches, the spies of the Five Eyes intelligence services can look forward to a break from the arduous daily work of spying. In addition to their usual job — attempting to crack encryption all around the world — they play a game called the “Kryptos Kristmas Kwiz,” which involves solving challenging numerical and…

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