The National Security Agency has found a way to crack the encryption and scrambling technologies that safeguard our internet information. Using supercomputers, crafty, technological skills and court orders the NSA now has access to banking systems, private medical records, e-mails, and Web searches of anyone around the world.
In recent months, Edward J. Snowden disclosed documents that described the NSA’s vast efforts to gather communications from both foreign and domestic sources. The newest documents released by Snowden show that the agency is now fully capable of reading the information it collects. The ability to bypass internet encryption is something the NSA as been working toward since 2000, and their efforts have increased in the past few months. Now they have succeeded.
The backdoor, decryption technologies are limited to a few members of the NSA, where they want to keep private information away from prying eyes. Of course, there are rules against violating Americans’ private e-mails and phone calls without a warrant. But what is to stop someone from breaking those rules? Obama has asked for information on Al Qaeda and Syrian officials, which means that the technology is vitally helpful to the government. However, how can we ensure that this new power isn’t being abused?