AS THE SNOWDEN STORY GETS MURKIER
I’M EVEN MORE UNCERTAIN HOW I FEEL
The more Edward Snowden speaks to the media, the deeper my dilemma over U.S. spying on digital communications (per my last post, below) seems to become. Now he’s told the South China Morning Post that the National Security Agency “had been hacking computers in Hong Kong and on the mainland since 2009.”
“‘We hack network backbones — like huge internet routers, basically — that give us access to the communications of hundreds of thousands of computers without having to hack every single one,’ he said.”
Impressive, though not exactly a bombshell revelation. And to tell the truth, I don’t find it altogether disturbing that we’re going tit-for-tat after years of Chinese tinkering with the data systems of American companies and even our military networks.