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    Google to enlist NSA to help it ward off cyberattacks

    Google to enlist NSA to help it ward off cyberattacks

    Is this a good thing?

    Should we be concerned?

    Do you think Google needs the NSA's help or do they have Geeks to do their own cybersecurity?


    By Ellen Nakashima
    Thursday, February 4, 2010; A01

    The world's largest Internet search company and the world's most powerful electronic surveillance organization are teaming up in the name of cybersecurity.

    Under an agreement that is still being finalized, the National Security Agency would help Google analyze a major corporate espionage attack that the firm said originated in China and targeted its computer networks, according to cybersecurity experts familiar with the matter. The objective is to better defend Google -- and its users -- from future attack.

    Google and the NSA declined to comment on the partnership. But sources with knowledge of the arrangement, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the alliance is being designed to allow the two organizations to share critical information without violating Google's policies or laws that protect the privacy of Americans' online communications. The sources said the deal does not mean the NSA will be viewing users' searches or e-mail accounts or that Google will be sharing proprietary data.

    The partnership strikes at the core of one of the most sensitive issues for the government and private industry in the evolving world of cybersecurity: how to balance privacy and national security interests. On Tuesday, Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair called the Google attacks, which the company acknowledged in January, a "wake-up call." Cyberspace cannot be protected, he said, without a "collaborative effort that incorporates both the U.S. private sector and our international partners."

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    Re: Google to enlist NSA to help it ward off cyberattacks

    Granted this time around a company is asking for help in regards to security from the Federal Government and not being forced to let the Feds in, it still makes me uneasy being a gmail user and all.
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    Re: Google to enlist NSA to help it ward off cyberattacks

    Quote Originally Posted by chevydriver1123 View Post
    Granted this time around a company is asking for help in regards to security from the Federal Government and not being forced to let the Feds in, it still makes me uneasy being a gmail user and all.
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