NSA lends a hand in new privacy app


BEFORE the National Security Agency (NSA) began complaining about being shut out of encrypted devices, it had helped develop software for secure communications that could be adapted by the private sector.

That technology is hitting the public this month in the form of a smartphone application called Scrambl3 from a California startup which claims its "dark Internet tunnel" thwarts snooping on voice calls and messages.

Scrambl3 was launched on Monday as a stand-alone app for Android devices by the startup, USMobile, which describes it as a way to create "trusted connections on untrusted networks".

The system creates the smartphone equivalent of a virtual private network to make messages...

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