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Goodbye, Encryption; Hello, FOSS

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Few would deny that the world has changed since the National Security Agency's PRISM surveillance program was revealed, and not for the better.

Here in the Linux blogosphere, FOSS fans have been mulling the implications ever since the unsettling news broke back in June, but just recently things have taken on an even darker cast.

Turns out not even encryption techniques can hold the NSA at bay, at least in general, leaving users of without much to defend them.

Now, vulnerability is -- or should be -- a familiar feeling to users of Windows, in particular. For those of us in Linux land, however, it comes as something of a shock. No wonder Slashdot blogger deepdive recently sought some clarification.

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