Google Teams Up With NSA On CyberattackBy Chris Weiss
Remember that headline-capturing cyberattack that iced relations between Google and China? We haven’t heard too much about it lately, but perhaps that’s because it’s likely to fall under the purview of the National Security Agency. Google asked for the NSA’s help in assessing the attack and bolstering its security for the future. According to the Washington Post, the deal is still being finalized.
While the idea of the world’s largest search company cooperating closely with the a government surveillance agency may be enough to inspire 1984-style fears of government intrusion, Google will not be sharing any private information about its users and will strictly be cooperating toward its objective of protecting from attacks. If finalized, this will mark the first time that Google has entered into an agreement with the NSA.
If you recall, Google made a public announcement about the cyberattack on January 12. Several analyses of the attack pointed directly to the Chinese government as Google suspected. Google threatened to leave China over the attack and censoring of search results, and a resolution has still not been found.
Neither Google or the NSA commented for the article. [via Washington Post]