Prepare to Have Your Email Read by the NSA

By The Atlantic Wire

With a new major hacking incident seemingly daily, the Department of Defense is scrambling to find the right shield against future attacks. But why hide behind a shield when you can charge onto the battlefield underneath the invisible but ironclad cloak of the National Security Agency? That's exactly how the DoD is mounting it's first strike back at the hackers -- a preemptive strike that will increase online surveillance at defense contractors by partnering with Internet service providers for privileged access to the rivers of data flowing through their cables. AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink are all on board.

Giving the NSA more access to the same Internet tubes that power your Gmail account sounds a little invasive. At least that's what James X. Dempsey, vice president for public policy at the civil liberties watchdog group the Center for Democracy and Technology. "We wouldn't want this to become a backdoor form of surveillance," Dempsey told The Washington Post, referring to the pilot program that DoD insists will remain limited to the contractors working closely with the government.

Read the full story at The Atlantic Wire.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/06/prepare-to-have-your-email-read-by-the-nsa/240424/