I like this from the article's comments:
T. Traub from Arizona:
The NSA's meddling in public cryptographic communications
and standards has caused irreparable harm to the nation.
While the general public may be blissfully unaware of the
implications of compromised Internet security, the technology
industries certainly are not. Contracts are being canceled and
previously trusted relationships reevaluated.
Ultimately, what will emerge from the ashes of this tainted system is
multiple systems operating in parallel: the officially sanctioned,
compromised internet with full government scrutiny of all data, and
one or more shadow networks where the real trusted transactions take
These "dark" networks will probably operate offshore and the U.S.
government will expend great amounts of time and energy and treasure
trying to trace them, block them, and shut them down, much as China
It's the end of freedom and privacy.
T. Traub is right. I've had clients already approaching me in higher numbers about circumventing the risk of having their business secrets plucked and fucked by unscrupulous government employees in the TSA, NSA, CIA, ATF, FBI and WTF.
Needless to say, if they didn't already listen to me in the past, I'm now moving clients away from some popular American corporations and pushing them towards more open source solutions instead.
The American government and top tech corporations brought this upon themselves. And, I have to admit I'm a bit hostile since whenever I tried to bring this shit up on the Internet in the past I'd get attacked from hoards of Microsoft and especially Google fanboys, lackeys, astroturfers, sockpuppets, etc. that suggested I wear fancy tinfoil hats and shit. Eat a bag of rotund dicks.
I don't know how many times when I'd point out that a glaring security flaw in an Apple, MIcrosoft, Google, etc. product or service was discovered that it was perhaps an exposed backdoor that I was mocked and sent fancy tinfoil hat pictures.
Now it turns out those flaw were backdoors. How do those fancy dunce hats feel, fellas?
/end bitter rant