Officials say Obama lets N.S.A. exploit some Internet flaws. How about we plug them for you?
So there you have it, now it’s official. The NSA is exploiting some internet flaws with the direct permission of president Obama. This information came to light recently when the White House denied that it had any prior knowledge of the Heartbleed bug, a newly known hole in Internet security that sent users across the world to change their online passwords. The White House statement said that when such flaws are discovered, there is now a “bias” in the government to share that knowledge with computer and software manufacturers so a remedy can be created and distributed to industry and consumers.
Further information revealed by the New York Times stated the following:
“President Obama has decided that when the National Security Agency discovers major flaws in Internet security, it should — in most circumstances — reveal them to assure that they will be fixed, rather than keep mum so that the flaws can be used in espionage or cyberattacks, senior administration officials said Saturday. But Mr. Obama carved a broad exception for “a clear national security or law enforcement need,” the officials said, a loophole that is likely to allow the N.S.A. to continue to exploit security flaws both to crack encryption on the Internet and to design cyberweapons”.
What about Trust?
Some other facts came to light, like recommendations by the presidential advisory committee on what to do in response to recent disclosures about the National Security Agency. One of these recommendations urged the N.S.A. to get out of the business of weakening commercial encryption systems or trying to build in “back doors” that would make it far easier for the agency to crack the communications of America’s adversaries. Tempting as it was to create easy ways to break codes, the committee concluded that the practice would undercut trust in American software and hardware products.
We at ZenMate offer individuals and companies alike a secure & obscure surfing experience. Our strong encryption is fending off many of the existing and unknown security exploits, just like in the case of Heartbleed. Our plugin helps you and your company to surf with the knowledge that no one is watching or exploiting your traffic. So what’s it going to be? Would you trust a governmental organisation not misusing backdoors and exploits, or would you rather simply install ZenMate in 30 seconds for free?