March 14, 2014
Mark Zuckerberg Calls President Obama To Voice Concerns Over NSA
Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg placed a call to President Barack Obama to voice his disappointment with the latest news of NSA activities that surfaced this week. The head of the social media giant also took to his own medium and posted a lengthy status update on his Facebook page.
Zuckerberg stressed the importance of trust in the Internet "As the world becomes more complex and governments everywhere struggle," he wrote.
In a call to President Obama, Zuckerberg expressed his concerns and frustrations over the NSA's activities. The call and post follows the news that the NSA used fake Facebook sites in order to infect targeted computers with malware to spy on such individuals. While none are necessarily true, the news spurs implications that there is cooperation between Facebook and the NSA, or that Facebook is easily faked and untrustworthy.
All the while Zuckerberg works to keep a strong front and make Facebook's security stronger for the platform and for the Internet.
"To keep the internet strong, we need to keep it secure. That's why at Facebook we spend a lot of our energy making our services and the whole internet safer and more secure. We encrypt communications, we use secure protocols for traffic, we encourage people to use multiple factors for authentication and we go out of our way to help fix issues we find in other people's services," Zucerkberg wrote.
The NSA's actions under the Obama administration negate Facebook's efforts, as well as efforts of other Internet companies in the CEO's opinion.
"This is why I've been so confused and frustrated by the repeated reports of the behavior of the US government. When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we're protecting you against criminals, not our own government," he wrote.
"The US government should be the champion for the internet, not a threat. They need to be much more transparent about what they're doing, or otherwise people will believe the worst," Zuckerberg continued.
The malware distributed as part of an NSA operation codenamed Turbine was reported to have infected more than 100,000 computers since the program began in 2010. It was said that the program operated with a goal of infecting millions of computers.
CNET reports that the number of infected computers may be closer to the millions that comprised the goal. Turbine targeted computers within the US as well as worldwide. It is not clear whether the network Turbine worked to build comprises solely of government targets, or a larger swath of the public.
This is not the first time that Zuckerberg has spoken out against NSA activities since whistle blower Edward Snowden first leaked documents detailing the wide surveillance activities of the National Security Agency.
It's up to Internet companies as well as individuals to keep the Internet secure, Zuckerberg says in closing his post.
"So it's up to us -- all of us -- to build the internet we want. Together, we can build a space that is greater and a more important part of the world than anything we have today, but is also safe and secure. I'm committed to seeing this happen, and you can count on Facebook to do our part."