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Google shores up security following PRISM revelations

In an arms race against the government
Mon Sep 09 2013, 12:11
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SECURITY EXPERTS at Google are involved in a cat and mouse game of security and encryption work against the government.

In an interview with the Washington Post the firm's VP of security said that the firm is fighting a battle and is struggling to keep ahead of a very adept rival.

"It's an arms race," said Eric Grosse, VP of security engineering at Google. "We see these government agencies as among the most skilled players in this game."

Grosse wasn't talking about just the US, as other governments that are known to have an ear to the ground, and fibre-optic cables, are China and the UK.

He did say that Google is fiercely protective of its data and is not about to lie down and hand over its documents and data.

In order to avoid this the firm runs communications through a collection of servers and data centres, according to the report, and will never weaken its encryption systems to please the peering eyes of government spooks. "This is a just a point of personal honor," he said. "It will not happen here."

Last week we heard that the NSA has more backdoors than an illegal drinking den. According to the latest trove of documents provided by the Guardian as part of Edward Snowden's surveillance revelations, the NSA is all over encryption and has access just about anywhere people are talking.

The US Office of the Director of National Intelligence released its own statement, saying that it was not keen on reports about it and overreach, and would like people to consider the good that it does.

"As we have said previously, the United States collects foreign intelligence - just as many other governments do - to enhance the security of our citizens and protect our interests and those of our allies around the world," said the statement released by US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

"The intelligence Community's efforts to understand economic systems and policies and monitor anomalous economic activities is critical to providing policy makers with the information they need to make informed decisions that are in the best interest of our national security."

Today Yahoo released its first transparency report. It said that it was not allowed to include details about national security requests. µ


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