As leaks on NSA government spying continue to trickle in from NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden the market for anti-spying software and communication mediums has exploded. Google search volume and trends for Silent Circle, an encrypted communications medium, and Tor, a free software download for internet anonymity see spikes each time Snowden leaks information.
Anti-spying software and communication mediums rely on encryption to keep the NSA from having direct access. For months such methods have been advised by pro-privacy groups.
However, once completed, the NSA’s newest super-computer would put those mediums and products to the test. The new quantum super-computer would crack essentially all types of encryption, which will render essentially all anti-spying products useless.
According to the Washington Post, “The NSA is racing to build a quantum super-computer that could break nearly every kind of encryption used to protect banking, medical, business and government records around the world…”
The project is part of an $80 million research project titled, “Penetrating Hard Targets.” One project detail is titled “Owning the Net,” and shows how the NSA plans to take control of software, hardware and equipment of targeted individuals.
Although the super-computer is still in development, physicists say that the NSA is running neck and neck with many private labs and European agencies.
Apple recently spoke out about the NSA hacking in their products to retrieve user data, calling the NSA “malicious hackers.”
The NSA declined the Washington Post’s request for comment.