(The Hosting News) – Online encryption protections appear to be no match for cracking techniques used by U.S. and British intelligence authorities.
Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, now living in Russia with asylum, previously leaked details noting that the governments were able to crack encryption codes used to protect entities such as medical records, banking data and of course, emails accounts.
The latest specific details of the surveillance programs were made just recently, as noted by a BBC report on Friday.
The previously top secret encryption cracking method came with a $250 million yearly budget, according to the report. It also carried the codename “Bullrun,” a separate news story from The Guardian noted.
Such encryption cracking reportedly dates back to 2000 after the NSA lost its push to install a backdoor in encryption services.
The U.S. government, meanwhile, has maintained it’s used surveillance programs including PRISM as a means to protect the homeland from would-be terrorists.
Encryption cracking is reportedly carried out through NSA supercomputers and authorities focus on things like 4G connectivity, online shopping and email through their intelligence operations.
Edward Snowden’s leaks related to government surveillance have resulted in an international debate regarding privacy rights at home and abroad.