How the NSA Snooped on Encrypted Internet Traffic for a Decade

How the NSA Snooped on Encrypted Internet Traffic for a Decade

Published By: Ars Technica, 8/19/2016

Summary: The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has been using an exploit in Cisco firewall software to break encryption and spy on traffic in Virtual Privacy Networks (VPNs). In the Internet age, government surveillance is more about collecting torrents of data to sift through than about focused operations, which affects businesses’ standards about when they protect communications and how. Can be an entree to a more extensive discussion about government monitoring of online activity.

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CSP Global Impact Learning Objectives/EKs:
EK 7.3.1G Privacy and security concerns arise in the development and use of computational systems and artifacts.
EK 7.3.1J Technology enables the collection, use, and exploitation of information about, by, and for individuals, groups, and institutions.

Other CSP Big Ideas:
6 The Internet

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