In the Three Minute Update video of Sept. 15, 2013 Kalena Liane reports that the NSA pretended to be Google for a time. This became apparent after an early release of some of Edward Snowden's leaked documents. The NSA achieved this somewhat dubious feat by using the Man in the Middle attack (MitM). The allegation is that this attack was put in to use to access personal data of "private citizens". Allegations of invasive probing by the NSA aside, how can an individual protect themselves from such an attack?
The answer (at least for now) could be is that you don't. That the NSA may have deliberately enfeebled internet security has been called into question. Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 a group of security researchers in the United Kingdom have called out the UK and US governments on this. Threatpost.com published an article on this call out for secure research the same date. The article was written by Dennis Fisher - you may follow him on Twitter @dennisf.
Proof of the UK letter for the call was found this morning on The Hacker News. The posting was listed as "Open Letter from UK Security Researchers" (on bristolcrypto.blogspot.co.uk.). Rumblings about the NSA crypto-engineering of secure authentication processes have been mentioned elsewhere. The Bristol security research group's letter has called this 'backdoor' engineering of the internet "shocking". Fingers are being pointed at UK and US authorities.
In their alleged attempt to obtain data by pretending to be Google - it appears that the NSA may have corrupted the internet, cryptography and your personal data. Not only that, the consequences could be global and international in scope. By leaving the "security holes" known as 'back-doors' our own governments may have left us and the internet vulnerable. Not just the authorities, but hostile entities and those interested in plundering your digital accounts could have a way to "ease in". Posing as Google may have seemed a "good and innocent" way to get the necessary data for the NSA. However, the engineering prior to the Google fake-out may have deliberately steered all of us into great digital harm.