Last year's revelations by former contractor Edward Snowden that the National Security Agency was engaged in surveillance and massive data collection of ordinary U.S. citizens have "seriously undermined" trust in cyberspace, judges the Information Security Forum.
The top news stories for April 9, including the latest attempt by MIT to keep private information from snoops like the NSA, the expected growth in the IoT and M2M market, one vet's program designed to help fellow servicemen and how more states are approaching the cloud.
A couple of weeks ago, Google made an announcement that it has enabled end-to-end data encryption for messages handled by the company's Gmail service. This means that every email message that is sent and received is encrypted while moving internally, explained Nicolas Lidzborski, the engineer lead for Gmail Security.
Security provider RSA incorporated an NSA-supplied random number generator into its BESAFE cryptography toolkit that was so weak it could be cracked in mere seconds. So says a group of professors from Johns Hopkins, the University of Wisconsin and the University of Illinois based on tests conducted with about $40,000 worth of computer gear.
President Obama will be proposing legislation that would end the bulk collection of phone data by the NSA and instead allow the vast database of phone records to stay in the hands of phone companies.
When news of the National Security Agency's broad data surveillance came to light via Snowden's disclosures, some pundits predicted that U.S.-based vendors of cloud services would lose revenue. They were right, although the most dire predictions appear to have been off-base.
The National Security Agency reportedly hacked into the networks of Huawei Technologies, stealing product source code and monitoring the communications of company executives. This startling revelation was jointly unveiled over the weekend by The New York Times and the German newspaper Der Spiegel, drawn once again from the huge trove of data leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Google's Eric Schmidt, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and several other top tech executives met with President Obama recently to discuss White House efforts to reform the National Security Agency's surveillance practices.
Now that the heat of the moment has passed, it's time to look at the evolving evidence with a more discerning eye. "As each new allegation about the National Security Agency's data-gathering capabilities hits the news, one has to wonder how much of it is true and how much is sensationalism," writes Wayne Rash in eWeek.
The question now is whether exploiting vulnerabilities in order to achieve its mission is fair game or not? And, does the government have any role in commercial quality control?