Leave it to private enterprise to stick it to the government. Google, Facebook and Yahoo! are all fighting back against the National Security Agency by using harder-to-crack code to shield their networks and online customer data from unauthorized U.S. spying.
The companies are protecting user email and social media posts with strengthened encryption that the U.S. Government says will not be easily broken until 2030. They say that they have to assure users that their online connections are secure and data can’t be grabbed when transmitted over fiber-optic networks or digitally stored.
the NSA has tapped fiber-optic cables abroad in order to siphon data and has covertly introduced weaknesses and backdoors into coding according to documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
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