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German spy agency seeks millions to monitor social networks outside Germany

The BND also wants to spend €4.5 million to crack and monitor HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) encrypted Internet traffic. By 2020 some of that money may be spent the black market to buy zero day exploits, unpublicized vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers. That program, called “Nitidezza”, should also provide better protection for government networks, German weekly Der Spiegel said in a separate report on BND’s budget requests.

Moreover, a plan to monitor Internet exchanges outside Germany is also in the works. Next year, the agency wants to spend €4.5 million on a program called “Swop” to provide additional hidden access to a non-German exchange, the newspaper report said.

Because the solution to the ‘cybersecurity problem’ is to undermine the capacity for secure communications rather than working to strengthen what we have…