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    with the revelations that the NSA is passing the information on to other agencies and as we see with the Brazilian Oil company for industrial espionage.  

    There is an amazing amount of trust that has been extended to tech companies over the years as our "stuff" has been converted to digital zeros and ones. There are only a small percentage that go through the trouble of securing their communications. One of the ways was using a virtual private network or VPN. That has a very secure encryption scheme and is built in to may Microsoft OSs.

    Now we get the additional information that the NSA can unlock these VPNs. A easier explanation of a VPN can be visualized by looking at your network computers at work including routers, printers, tablets etc, that are attached to the network.

    A VPN provides you secure access to that network so once you are connected you see the extent of the corporate network according to the permissions that have been created in your user profile. You can be on the network as if you were physically at the work place and be 10,000 miles away.

    Depending on how creative one is in using these and the speed of the connection it would be easy to see how someone with the ability enter these networks could literally swallow the contents of all the network like Jaws. No theme music included or maybe they did that too.

    As a IT person I can tell you how paranoid people are about this kind of stuff. They struggle to find people they can trust to work on their stuff from the outside. Now imagine what happens when they find out that all the money and training they have invested in on security so the technology they purchased could be used much more efficiently has been compromised by their govt and their supplier.

    As Buffett said : "It takes 20 years to build up a reputation and less than five minutes to lose it". That translates into one shit load of of money plus it freezes commerce to as business tries to figure out what's safe and what isn't and how do they work around it?

    The days of just pulling the plug are over. This could go much farther than just a loss of sales to tech companies.

    “ Success has a great tendency to conceal and throw a veil over the evil of men. ” — Demosthenes

    by Dburn on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 01:06:30 PM PDT

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