TrustCor Systems is a popular website verification company used by many major browsers to provide security, but new revelations indicate it may be working with US intelligence agencies to spy on unsuspecting users. The Washington Post recently published an explosive expose that shed some light on the subject at hand, and it drew on numerous documents and data as well as interviews with people currently working in cybersecurity.
All of the world’s largest browsers, including Chrome and Firefox, trust TrustCor to certify sites as safe to use. Despite this being the case, records showed that this company has ties to another company known as Packet Forensics which helped the US government spy on people by intercepting their communications.
With all of that said and now out of the way, it’s important to note that Mozilla has now requested a response from Trustcor and is considering suspending its collaboration for the foreseeable future. While TrustCor still claims that they do not work with intelligence agencies or government entities, these revelations are certainly quite damning and they could make the company less trustworthy than it otherwise might have been.
Browsers like Firefox have a reputation for being secure, with some viewing them as privacy tools in their own right. Reports like this can be harmful due to the fact that it’s the kind of thing that could potentially make users less able to trust these browsers, and it creates a PR storm that might not go away. subside before quite a while.
Packet Forensics used TrustCor and its MsgSafe software to intercept the encrypted data. The excuse given was that it was done to catch potential terrorists, but it’s not hard to imagine that the US government wouldn’t use it to spy on its own people. There have been many indications that the US government does this all the time, so it should come as no surprise if it turns out to be true.
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