yahoo_logoIn a post to Yahoo’s official blog, CEO Marissa Mayer announced that the company plans to have all of its internal server traffic encrypted by the end of Q1 2014. That’s an important step for Yahoo, as a recent report by the Washington Post alleged that the NSA has been intercepting traffic between Yahoo’s servers as a means of collecting data on its targets.

In addition, Yahoo will also be offering users a chance to encrypt all of the traffic that they send to or from the service using HTTPS, also by Q1 2014.

Mayer went on to say that the access the NSA got came without the company’s knowledge.

“As you know, there have been a number of reports over the last six months about the U.S. government secretly accessing user data without the knowledge of tech companies, including Yahoo. I want to reiterate what we have said in the past: Yahoo has never given access to our data centers to the NSA or to any other government agency. Ever,” she said.

Google, the other tech company included in the Post’s report, has already encrypted its internal traffic.

Comments

  • http://www.christopherbudd.com Christopher Budd

    To be fair, the NSA are the only ones tapping that traffic that we KNOW of.

    There are others out there at least as good as the NSA. So it’s reasonable to assume that if the NSA had cracked this, someone else had too.

    Which is to say that encryption is a good thing.

    In general I hope all this gets people to pay better attention to security and privacy issues and take active steps to protect themselves.

  • Mike Christensen

    “Yahoo has never given access to our data centers to the NSA or to any other government agency. [And if we have, we wouldn’t legally be able to tell you about it anyway.]”

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