Yahoo expands security measures, promises to encrypt all personal data by end of March

  • Article by: MICHAEL LIEDTKE , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 18, 2013 - 4:50 PM

SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo is expanding its efforts to protect its users' online activities from prying eyes by encrypting all the communications and other information flowing into the Internet company's data centers around the world.

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herby2013Nov. 18, 1312:06 PM

This is nothing more than a pathetic public relations ploy. Why? Because whenever the U.S. government requests user information from Yahoo, Yahoo complies without challenging it in court as they have the legal right to do! So what point is there in encrypting everything when you are going to give it to the government when the government asks for it (maybe even without a subpoena)? Another thing is that it is now well-known that the United States government has the ability to brute-force decrypt HTTPS encryption, which is the encryption used by web servers and web browsers when encryption is used (most of the time data is sent in plain text unless you see "https" in your browser's address bar). So, you give the government all the user data it wants, and you are encrypting everything else which the government can easily decrypt. Pointless.

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