Google to Enlist NSA to Help It Ward Off Cyberattacks

Thursday Feb 4th 2010 by Staff

Under a yet-to-be-finalized agreement, Google and the National Security Agency would work together to analyze the recent cyberattack on the search giant and to defend against future attacks.

Washington Post: Sources tell the Washington Post that Google and the National Security Agency will soon finalize an agreement to investigate the recent cyberattack on Google and other companies that is believed to have originated in China. The goal of the project would be to help Google defend itself and its users from future attacks. The agreement is designed to allow the two organizations to work together without violating Google's privacy policies.

Privacy advocates worry that collaboration between the two entities could lead to the government monitoring private communication. "The critical question is: At what level will the American public be comfortable with Google sharing information with NSA?" said Ellen McCarthy, president of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance.

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