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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

Russians Hack FBI Communications System

The FBI and other law enforcement agencies want to have “backdoors” installed in all encrypted files and messages online. That is so the law enforcement agencies can spy on everyone and (hopefully) identify criminals. Of course, if this happens, everyone will depend upon the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to keep the information they find secret and safe from hackers, foreign governments, and other evil-doers world wide.

That seems doubtful as even the FBI cannot keep their own encrypted communications safe from Russian spies!

Yahoo News reported that the Russians have successfully targeted an FBI communications system. An article in Yahoo News reports:

“American officials discovered that the Russians had dramatically improved their ability to decrypt certain types of secure communications and had successfully tracked devices used by elite FBI surveillance teams. Officials also feared that the Russians may have devised other ways to monitor U.S. intelligence communications, including hacking into computers not connected to the internet. Senior FBI and CIA officials briefed congressional leaders on these issues as part of a wide-ranging examination on Capitol Hill of U.S. counterintelligence vulnerabilities.”

You can read the full article by starting at https://tinyurl.com/privacy190924.

Do you trust the FBI to keep your secrets private when the FBI cannot even keep their own secrets secure?

Categories: Email Security, Encryption

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