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Private Sector Beefs Up Security to Fend Off NSA

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The revelation that the NSA has kept millions of records on just about everything from just about everyone may be one of the single biggest news stories this year. And now, private companies have started getting serious about locking out big brother.

The revelation that the NSA has kept millions of records on just about everything from just about everyone may be one of the single biggest news stories this year. And now, private companies have started getting serious about locking out big brother.

The big tech companies including Microsoft, Google and Apple are all looking to step up their encryption to 2048-bit. Facebook too, long considered one of the most flagrant abusers of user privacy, will be stepping up not only their encryption keys, but the way information is stored and managed such that their systems can "fail well."

While this is certainly a step in the right direction, and it's unlikely that any organization could breech 2048-bit encryption en masse, the NSA has plenty of other tools -- notably, keeping zero-day exploits secret to use them in their search for data.

Bloomberg has the full report.

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    rad666 , November 22, 2013 6:34 PM
    It's a sad day when you have to beef up your security to protect yourself from your own government spying on you in a first world country.
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    smeezekitty , November 22, 2013 6:30 PM
    Good for them. Anything to keep big brother at bay
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    itsnotmeitsyou , November 22, 2013 6:31 PM
    "... may be one of the biggest stories of the year"

    that may be the understatement of the year.
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    rad666 , November 22, 2013 6:34 PM
    It's a sad day when you have to beef up your security to protect yourself from your own government spying on you in a first world country.
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    wopr11 , November 22, 2013 7:51 PM
    "It's a sad day when you have to beef up your security to protect yourself from your own government spying on you in a first world country. "

    The KGB of the 21st Century - the terrorists won.
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    LORD_ORION , November 23, 2013 12:40 AM
    Damage is done, nobody in their right mind wants to do business with them anymore.
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    f-14 , November 23, 2013 12:59 AM
    doesn't matter the american government has laws inplace that force back doors into everything no matter what protections are made.

    it's like raising an american flag over the mcdonalds in beijing china instead of the communist flag.
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    rad666 , November 23, 2013 7:01 AM
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    The KGB of the 21st Century - the terrorists won.


    Sadly, I have to agree.
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    ddpruitt , November 23, 2013 12:47 PM
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    just about everything from just about everyone


    Proof? Before making a sensationalist claim back it up. Everyone has acknowledged they obtain metadata, that's far from everything. And while it covers a large number of people that doesn't include everyone.
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    epaciga , November 23, 2013 5:36 PM
    All those clowns are working hand in hand with NSA... "stepping up their encryption" Yeah, I'm sure they are: so they won't get caught again.
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    eodeo , November 23, 2013 5:39 PM
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    It's a sad day when you have to beef up your security to protect yourself from your own government spying on you in a first world country.


    It is sad....
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    sonofliberty08 , November 24, 2013 6:28 AM
    Edward Snowden, The Last Free American.

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    irish_adam , November 24, 2013 8:31 AM
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    Edward Snowden, The Last Free American.


    I'm sorry but Snowden was no saint, he can stand there and say that he did what he did because he thought it was wrong all he wants but if that were true why did he reveal himself as the source?

    He did what he did to become famous, if he was so intent on doing the right thing he would have leaked the secrets and stayed in his position where he could have continued to spy on what the government was doing. He should have stayed in the US and fought for what he thought was right, not plaster himself all over the media and legged it
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    pepe2907 , November 25, 2013 6:51 PM
    Because they noticed all that just right now and they needed Snowden for that. Interestingly they missed when NSA and others installed all those "interfaces" and the number of packages they sniff.
    The only thing Snowden did is to make it popular to masses. And now private companies are afraid that awareness may limit the expansion of their business and cautiousness may limit their own possibility to sniff data for profit. So they are just making what's necessary to calm down the Joe and keep things going the same way as they did till now - nothing is really about any security or privacy.