News Summary: Report says NSA cracking Web codes

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Associated Press

Posted on September 6, 2013 at 2:01 PM

CODE-BREAKERS: The National Security Agency, working with the British government, has secretly been unraveling encryption technology that billions of Internet users rely upon to keep their electronic messages and confidential data safe from prying eyes, according to published reports based on internal U.S. government documents.

PRICEY SPYING: The reports, in The New York Times, Britain's Guardian newspaper and the nonprofit news website ProPublica, say the NSA invested billions of dollars since 2000 to make nearly everyone's secrets available for government consumption.

DETAILS: The reports say that the NSA built powerful supercomputers to break encryption codes and partnered with unnamed technology companies to insert "back doors" into their software.

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