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Mark Zuckerberg Phones Obama About NSA

  • Osvaldo Nunez , Design & Trend Contributor
  • Mar, 19, 2014, 01:30 PM
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(Photo : REUTERS/Stephen Lam) News is, Iran is very concerned about Facebook-owned apps like Instagram and WhatsApp and they claim the apps are meddling with users’ privacy. One judge in Iran wants the CEO of Facebook to present himself in person.

It seems Mark Zuckerberg is very unhappy with the NSA, so much that he personally phoned the president when he read recent reports that the NSA was using fake Facebook websites to intercept and infect the social network's traffic and private computers with surveillance software.

Since then, the company has steeled its online services so the NSA can't snoop in.

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Joe Sullivan, Facebook's chief security officer, said to a room full of reporters at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. that the attack is not viable. It's not possible because the company rolled out SSL data encryption for all of its web traffic.

According to outside sources, there are still ways to maneuver around Facebook's encryption. Nonetheless, it is still a difficult task. Sullivan encourages that the situation is not as bad as most perceive it.

Sullivan's message was cool as ice compared to CEO Zuckerberg's. After phoning the president, Zuckerberg posted on his Facebook page that he was disgusted with NSA's practices.

Facebook is not the only online giant that is concerned with the NSA after Snowden's information leak. Just like Facebook, those companies reassure their users that the situation is being handled and there is nothing to worry about.

Companies like Google, Yahoo and Microsoft have taken initiative into stopping the NSA in their tracks using SSL data encryption.

The only known way of compromising Facebook's SSL encryption is by somehow creating fake encryption certificates, but that process is too dangerous these days.

As long as the SSL encryption isn't broken, Facebook guarantees that the information entering and leaving it is safe.

"You'd need to break into the data center computers or the encryption devices themselves to access that data," said Sullivan.

It seems Sullivan is a bit too optimistic about Facebook's security. There is still much we do not know about in regards to the NSA's capabilities.

 

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