Zoho email difficult to crack
National Security Agency
January 01, 2015
Corp?s email and chat services are one of the handful of
services, which the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has
found it difficult to crack under its mass surveillance
According to a report
by German newsmagazine Der Spiegel, NSA has classified the
encryption and security-breaking problems it encountered on a
scale of 1 to 5, from ?trivial? to ?catastrophic.? Facebook
chat, for example, was considered ?trivial.? The report was
based on the documents obtained from former NSA contractor and
whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The NSA had major
problem at the fourth level with Zoho, an encrypted email
service, the report said.
Encryption ? the use
of mathematics to protect communications from spying ? is used
for electronic transactions of all types, by governments, firms
and private users alike. This comes as a strong testimonial for
Zoho, which competes with Microsoft and Google in the mail and
office suite space. The firm has over 10 million users, and
mainly focuses on small and medium enterprises in the U.S. and
other global markets. Zoho declined to comment on this story.
In an August 2013
blog post, Zoho?s founder Sridhar Vembu noted that his company
remained the only major email service provider that never
displayed any ads. ?In fact, there are no ads inside any of our
products. We don?t have an incentive to look inside your data
ourselves. While Google has gone on record to say you can?t
expect privacy from Google itself, we can assure you that we
guarantee your privacy, at least from Zoho itself, if not from
the government,? he added in the post.
Der Spiegel report
also mentions Tor, the network and software that help users
browse the Internet anonymously, which NSA found it difficult to
documents are around two years? old, experts consider it
unlikely the agency's digital spies had made much progress in
cracking these technologies, the report adds.
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