Google engineer blasts domestic spying after receiving NSA award

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Google engineer Joseph Bonneau is the first person to be awarded the NSA’s “Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper” award for his paper “The Science of Guessing,” which analyzed over 70 million user passwords in an effort to study why we’re all so horrible at making strong passwords. “Even seemingly distant language communities choose the
same weak passwords,” he concludes.

“I don’t think a free society is compatible with an organisation like the NSA in its current form.”

In a blog post, Bonneau expresses thanks for winning the award, but decries the NSA’s large-scale efforts to collect private documents from citizens. “I don’t think a free society is compatible with an organisation like the NSA in its current form,” Bonneau wrote. Yet,…

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