Brazil orders secure email for highest levels of government following NSA snooping

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff is probably fed up of the snooping by the U.S.

Brazil has hit back at the allegations that the U.S. is actively snooping communications at the highest levels of government with their President, Dilma Rousseff, ordering SERPRO – that country's federal data processing service – to implement a government-wide secure e-mail system.

Rousseff outlined the plan in a series of Tweets last night stating "We need more security on our messages to prevent possible espionage,". The agency, which falls under Brazil's Finance Ministry, already develops secure systems for online tax returns and is also responsible for issuing new passports to its citizens. 

"This is the first step toward extending the privacy and inviolability of official posts," Rousseff said. The statements came after official complaints against US intelligence agencies to the United Nations General Assembly last month, as well as canceling a state visit to Washington, Rousseff further added the country will host an international conference on Internet governance in April.

Following the leaks, Brazilian media outlets have published several documents showing that the NSA spied on Rousseff's official communications, her close associates and state-controlled oil giant Petrobras.

The information was revealed by Edward Snowden, a 30-year-old former NSA contractor who sought refuge in Russia, and is wanted by the U.S. authorities.

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As a Brazilian, I am realy angry about this, not only my president was hacked but also our largest petrolium company.

It's always about money.

I agree with some statements above, I don't think that a local server and high encription will solve this.

But this is good for our governors/companys to learn: Want to keep a big secret? Tel no one!

If there is someone to blame is the government for being that naive, using other nations resources for communications.

whoever state is there will always be some kind of spying around, was always like this.

not even obama is safe against nsa, thats how f* americans are.

Its official. The NSA has single handedly screwed American IT companies. We once had a virtual monopoly on mobile and desktop operating systems and now I expect to see a flood of governments and corporations fleeing Microsoft, Apple, and Google's offerings simply for fear that the NSA will have its tendrils deep into that data. Now we will see a flood of homegrown operating systems and services across the world. Thanks NSA.

And you don't think that was the purpose of the propaganda? The same as the alleged back doors the Chinese are putting into the systems they manufacture? No one really pays attention outside of the political types.

I have less sympathy for them if they're only now implementing secure email for government employees. Not that I think it would matter much against the NSA, but it just seems like it would be good practice in general to have had that by now.

I think Brazil is missing the point... They can encrypt their communications with the strongest encryption available, but if that encryption system already HAS a built in backdoor, weakness, whatever that the NSA can use to break in, it doesn't matter... So unless they're willing to invest in the R&D to develop a new means of encryption that the NSA has never seen before, that is so powerful that it's virtually impenetrable by a whole army of govt supercomputers, their attempts to "secure" themselves from the US spy agencies will be all for naught.

Spicoli said,
Oh, the alleged back doors. It reminds me of all the conspiracy stuff during the Cold War (yes I'm old enough to remember). The soviets were everywhere!

Soviet union, I thought you guys disbanded?
Yes, that is what we wanted you to think!

Actually the U.S was quite friendly with the Soviet during their inception to a few years after WW II.

Just look at New York Times, its praises Stalin as "Man of Steel", the title with later adopted by Superman comics.

No secure email system can prevent someone from just taking a message and copying it to someone else. You have to implement secure areas with searches for recording devices going in and out. Are they really willing to do that?

I think, making sure that all government email servers use encrypted connections and delivering e-mail directly would be sufficient enough for the start.

Spicoli said,
No secure email system can prevent someone from just taking a message and copying it to someone else.

Of course they can, its a standard feature of Lotus Notes.

Although you could always take a photo of an email with your smart phone (assuming you were allowed to have one at work), or a screen capture of it (assuming you were allowed to install a screen capture program on your PC)