Encryption Isn't Safe From the NSA

Episode 1011 (02:20)

The news has come out that the NSA has been spending millions every year to subvert encryption protocols by putting back doors into them for spying purposes. So, it turns out that all of that encryption may be useless in protecting your privacy from the long arm of the federal government Leo says the only real protection right now is to keep in mind that everything you do online is public.

There is now a bill coming through Congress called the Surveillance State Repeal Act, that Leo says we should all support. The bill has little chance of passing, but we should support it and press our Congress to pass it. When our government gets powers, they rarely give them up. Leo also says that it's really more a case of the NSA doing this because they can, and not because of some perceived terrorist threat.

In today's interview with Security Now Host Steve Gibson, he says that it's all sensationalistic headlines. The fact is the next generation cryptography breaking technology is still decades away. Having said that, he recommends relying on open source encryption.