You’d have to be living in the middle of nowhere (e.g. central Siberia) and totally off the grid to have missed the news stories on the NSA data interception. Anyone in the data security world really just had their suspicions confirmed. Why else would the NSA be building bigger-and-bigger data centres? The NSA had to be collecting the data somewhere, didn’t they? Not surprisingly by collecting, note that I don’t say analysing!, the NSA is being overwhelmed by spam. 🙂 The NSA (and the CIA, and the DIA, and the BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst), and the DGSE (Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure), and SIS/MI6 (Secret Intelligence Service), etc. not to mention Canada’s own CSEC (Communications Security Establishment Canada) are probably simply drowning in data. Not information since information is useful.
However, an article on CBC.ca’s news site, NSA spying on Merkel phone could get diplomats expelled, may put things in context – at least in the world of espionage:
Still, parties on all sides acknowledge that spy-versus-spy eavesdropping is widespread even among allies.
“The magnitude of the eavesdropping is what shocked us,” former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said in a radio interview.
“Let’s be honest, we eavesdrop too. Everyone is listening to everyone else. But we don’t have the same means as the United States, which makes us jealous.”
That is probably the greatest truth to the story…
…or as the Israeli’s might say “…so long as you don’t get caught…”