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Yahoo promises encrypted data-center links to prevent NSA spying

updated 03:25 pm EST, Mon November 18, 2013

Users will have more encryption options in Q1

Yahoo has announced plans to encrypt all information that moves between its data centers, in an attempt to prevent unauthorized access by the National Security Agency or other government agencies. The company is also preparing to add new encryption options for users, enabling all data to be encrypted on its way to and from Yahoo's servers.

"As you know, there have been a number of reports over the last six months about the U.S. government secretly accessing user data without the knowledge of tech companies, including Yahoo," CEO Marissa Mayer writes in a blog post.

Documents leaked by former NSA staffer Edward Snowden suggest the NSA and the UK's Government Communications Headquarters are currently capable of intercepting data that flows in and out of data centers owned by Google and Yahoo, among other companies. The surveillance method is presumed to have required an direct link tapped into the companies' private fiber-optic communications systems.

Yahoo also recently announced that its e-mail accounts would be protected by SSL encryption with a 2048-bit key, across the entire network. The NSA is believed to have advanced encryption-breaking capabilities, though specific details surrounding these methods remain unclear.

Yahoo's e-mail encryption is expected to be in place by early January, while the broader security measures are promised before the end of the first quarter.



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