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Trump To Ban All Crypto, NSA Lies Collects Calls Anyway, US Roots Yandex


According to a report in Politico, the Trump administration held a
National Security Council meeting on Wednesday that weighed the
challenges and benefits of encryption. "One of Politico's sources said
that the meeting was split into two camps: Decide, create and
publicize the administration's position on encryption or go so far as
to ask Congress for legislation to ban end-to-end encryption," reports
Gizmodo. From the report: That would be a huge escalation in the
encryption fight and, moreover, would probably be unsuccessful due to
a lack of willpower in Congress. No decision was made by the Trump
administration officials, Politico reported. The White House did not
respond to a request for comment. The fact that these discussions are
ongoing both within the White House and with Silicon Valley shows that
the issue is still very much alive within the corridors of power.


The National Security Agency improperly collected phone call records
of Americans last fall, months after a previous breach that compelled
the agency to destroy millions of records from the contentious
program, documents released Wednesday revealed. The redacted
documents, obtained by the ACLU in a Freedom of Information Act
lawsuit, do not indicate how many records NSA improperly collected in
the October breach, nor which telecommunications provider submitted
the improper data. "These documents provide further evidence that the
NSA has consistently been unable to operate the call detail record
program within the bounds of the law," the ACLU said in a letter to
Congress this week lobbying for an end to the program. The letter says
elements within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence
concluded the October violations had a "significant impact" on privacy
and civil rights, but that the Americans affected were not told of the


The malware, called Regin, is known to be used by the "Five Eyes"
intelligence-sharing alliance of the United States, Britain,
Australia, New Zealand and Canada, the sources said. Intelligence
agencies in those countries declined to comment. Western cyberattacks
against Russia are seldom acknowledged or spoken about in public. It
could not be determined which of the five countries was behind the
attack on Yandex