Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Time Magazine reports that the new round of disclosures from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has revealed the intelligence agency’s ultimate goal: undo Internet privacy as we know it and that the NSA has circumvented or cracked some of the most widely used encryption software in its effort to monitor global communications. “This is the golden age of spying,” one former NSA analyst told the NY Times. Among the revelations is that the NSA circumvents encryption by simply collaborating with cooperative technology companies. Other times the NSA has acquired encryption keys by hacking into a company’s servers. According to The New York Times, by 2006, the NSA had cracked the communications of three foreign airlines, one travel reservation system, one foreign government’s nuclear department and a different foreign government’s Internet service. The NSA has also successfully foiled several of the world’s standard encryption methods, including SSL (Secure Sockets Layer), VPN (virtual private networks), and the encryption on 4G (fourth generation) smartphones. But strong, non-commercial encryption systems still seem to thwart the NSA’s efforts with PGP having long been a cause for NSA anxiety. When PGP-inventor Phil Zimmerman announced the Zfone telephone encryption technology, NSA analysts reportedly received the news in an email titled “This can’t be good.”"