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NSA: The SIGINT Enabling Project

From NSA budget documents:

The SIGINT Enabling Project actively engages the US and foreign IT industries to covertly influence and/or overtly leverage their commercial products' designs. These design changes make the systems in question exploitable through SIGINT collection Endpoint, MidPoint, etc.) with foreknowledge of the modification. To the consumer and other adversaries, however, the systems' security remains intact. In this way, the SIGINT Enabling approach uses commercial technology and insight to manage the increasing cost and technical challenges of discovering and successfully exploiting systems of interest within the ever--more integrated and security--focused global communications environment.

As the one blogger remarked:

Personally, I thought the Internet was already quite insecure without the US government spending large amounts of money to deliberately make it worse.


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Submitted by par4 on

I was watching RT news awhile back when Snowden's revelations were first published and a Russian man being interviewed said 'of course we knew it was being used for spying, that's why it's free.'