There are still big holes in today’s revelations that the National Security Agency (NSA) is well on its way to bypassing key forms of Internet encryption, including Virtual Private Networks and the Secure Socket Layer and Transport Layer Security protocols. Today’s stories in ProPublica, The New York Times, and The Guardian reveal that the NSA is making a massive, $250 million effort toward breaking encrypted Internet traffic—and with substantial success. But there’s plenty we still don’t know about exactly how the NSA does its work. Bruce Schneier, the renowned cryptographer and security expert, spent the last two weeks working with The Guardian on its story, reading hundreds of top-secret NSA documents. That led him to publish two columns accompanying today’s story: one advising security-minded readers on how to maintain some privacy in the era of bulk surveillance, and an op-ed that’s something of a call to arms to the world engineering community. “The US government has betrayed the Internet,” wrote Schneier. “We need to take it back.”     

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