The National Security Agency is winning its long-running secret
   war on encryption, using supercomputers, technical trickery,
   court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the
   major tools protecting the privacy of everyday communications in
   the Internet age, according to newly disclosed documents.

   The agency has circumvented or cracked much of the encryption, or
   digital scrambling, that guards global commerce and banking
   systems, protects sensitive data like trade secrets and medical
   records, and automatically secures the e-mails, Web searches,
   Internet chats and phone calls of Americans and others around the
   world, the documents show.


Perry E. Metzger                pe...@piermont.com
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