Spying on the part of the US National Security Agency is causing serious damage to the national economy, undermining citizens’ trust in both American technology corporations, which cost tens of billions of dollars to be monitored, and the state as a whole. However, there is another negative consequence – the loss of labor productivity.
It is widely known among IT security professionals that any kind of cyber attack by individual hackers leads to a decrease in the productivity of devices and, as a result, the work of company employees. Apparently, the same thing happens when hacking is not done by individuals, but by public services.
In particular, leading computer and Internet experts say that the NSA weakens the functionality of our computers and the Internet, deliberately reducing their level of security, for example, creating backdoors through which hackers can access users’ personal information. In the process of conflict between “ours” and “alien” programs, our devices spend most of their system resources, as a result of which we cannot complete the work faster.
It is noteworthy that the American and British intelligence agencies have been deliberately weakening technological security for many decades, and over time it only gets worse. For example, it is known that their plans include the use of programs to automatically infect millions of computers.
Intelligence organizations have long collected millions of images from our computers’ webcams, and according to documents declassified by Edward Snowden, American and British intelligence agencies carried out cyber attacks on the computer network of the so-called “hacktivists,” and also tracked supporters of groups such as Wikileaks.
Given that intelligence agencies spy on everyone, collecting millions of screenshots, intercepting laptop deliveries, creating fake versions of popular sites to infect computers with malware, and carrying out cyber attacks on those they don’t like, it’s not without reason to assume that each of us in that to one degree or another, it encounters the negative consequences of the operational activities of spy agencies.
Bill Binney, one of the senior executives and senior technical director at the NSA, who spent 32 years there and during that time became a legend for thousands of other agency employees who created a program for mass surveillance of digital information, writes for Washington’s Blog:
“There are several types of espionage costs. Firstly, these are the costs that arise as a result of the fact that neither the state nor business can be sure of what consequences will come if they are exposed, which ultimately translates into commercial expenses.
Other costs are associated with the need to weaken systems (operating systems, firewalls, encryption), as a result of which user data becomes more accessible for both hackers and the government.
All these costs are difficult to calculate. For example, we know about hackers who get user data again and again. Is this related to the result of public services? Or what about all attacks on government information systems? Are they related to weak systems?
To summarize, we can say that if we (including our government) cannot correct the shortcomings in these systems, then we will all lose. ”