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.
Many users assume — or have been assured by Internet companies — that their data is safe from prying eyes, including those of the government, and the N.S.A. wants to keep it that way. The agency treats its recent successes in deciphering protected information as among its most closely guarded secrets, restricted to those cleared for a highly classified program code-named Bullrun, according to the documents, provided by Edward J. Snowden, the former N.S.A. contractor.
God bless that man.
And Now, a Very Technical Analysis of What This All Means: The Cryptographic Engineering blog rips it apart.
Unemployment Is Down a Tick: But parsing the data should be left to people who make bar graphs. And what those bar graph makers say is that "the share of young people working—especially in their late teens, but up until their mid-20s too—is down pretty dramatically."