The NSA (National Security Agency) is now on record stating that the organization informs companies (they’re spying on) of their security flaws when they find they them, allowing them to patch their vulnerabilities. But this attempt at painting themselves as the good guys comes under sharp criticism as some say the NSA exploits those same vulnerabilities before informing the companies. It’s also entirely possible that the NSA also exploits ways around potential patches to those vulnerabilities still leaving the company vulnerable to the NSA itself. The NSA goes on to paint itself proud by saying it is “responsibly” helping the affected companies and the public by letting them know about the vulnerabilities in their software.
With the amount of distrust from both the public and businesses towards the NSA, it’s a hard pill to swallow and believe. As Edward Snowden has already proven, the NSA has – and is – performing operations that both infiltrate the privacy of US citizens and those abroad. Most often the justification for such intrusions and blatant disregard for civilian privacy is National Security. For now that seems to be a generally accepted inconvenience by most people, but it seems many more are starting to vocalize their disapproval as each day goes by.
For now you can either believe the NSA or not, given as much information that has been leaked about their operations, it’s a wonder anyone would do the former.
What do you think of the NSA playing the good guy? Let us know in the comments below.Source: Daily Times
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