President Dilma Rousseff said this Sunday, 13, that the government will create a national encrypted e- mail to prevent national authorities to be the target of espionage. The determination was given to the Federal Data Processing (Serpro) company, a public company under the Ministry of Finance.
“This is the first step to extend the privacy and inviolability of official messages,” said the President in her official Twitter account(Dilma’s official Twitter account is @dilmabr). “We need more security on messages to prevent a possible spy.” The system will be developed by Serpro in partnership with the Correios(Post Office) and have mandatory use in the government. The Ministry of Communications should start testing it this month. The Serpro and the Correios also study the launch of a public service and free secure email to the population.
Other measures to secure the information have been developed in line with this one. The Brazilian Intelligence Agency (Abin) is created and enhanced landlines and mobiles that transmit encrypted signal and make it difficult to decode confidential conversations. Despite the difficulty of using them, more advisers and ministers asked the agency to get the handsets.
Abin also presented the Presidential Palace, a kind of pen drive that creates safe areas on computers, devices and systems. Documents created in this environment are automatically encrypted and can be safely sent over the internet.
The government also wants to buy a geostationary satellite itself, through Telebras. Today, data, tele communications, pay TV signals and military communications satellite pass by Embratel, privatized in 1997, and currently in the hands of the Mexican businessman Carlos Slim.
The satellite and technology will be provided by the Franco-Italian group Thales Alenia Space. Visiona, a joint venture between Embraer and Telebras, will be responsible for assembly of the satellite, and the technology will be in charge of the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB). At a cost of about $ 600 million, it should go into orbit in 2016.
Last month, reports from the journalist Glenn Greenwald showed that President Dilma Rousseff was subject to direct monitoring of the National Security Agency of the United States (NSA). The group invaded calls and e- mails sent by Dilma and her advisers, as well as messages exchanged between her and the current president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto. The reporting was based on documents revealed by former NSA technical Edward Snowden. Dilma demanded clarification from the U.S. president, Barack Obama. Dissatisfied with the explanations, she decided to cancel the official visit to the country that she would make this month.
Apparently, Dilma and Brazil government are trying to get serious about Internet security.