Thursday, April 20, 2006

From the archive: A Kenny predicted it moment

A few months ago I posted about the NSA wiretaps and the possible ripple effects in the information technology field. Here is the gist of that post:

Securing company information against spies from outside and malcontents within the company occupies a great deal of the average American IT workers time.

All of a sudden a threat has appeared that no amount of diligence or dedication can counter.

The biggest threat to corporate information security just became the federal government.

They are listening to and recording all cell, email, and other electronic traffic. This fact is no longer conjecture or conspiracy theory. Recent disclosures have confirmed this reality. There are no encryption algorithms publicly available that they do not have the keys to and they can do it all with complete secrecy.

Today I read an article that confirmed my original thought.

Five civil rights groups, business leaders join suit seeking to stop wiretaps

Here is what the business leaders had to say about warrantless illegal wiretapping:

In their own brief, leaders in the business community pushed the importance of confidential and secure communications and trust in democratic values to economic growth. They contend that the NSA is also engaging in wholesale datamining by sifting through millions of calls and e-mails of ordinary Americans. International trade, the business signers argue, requires trading partners' trust in the security of electronic communication.


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