Like Using Gmail? That's Cool, Because Terrorists Do Too, Says Former NSA Director

Like Using Gmail? That's Cool, Because Terrorists Do Too, Says Former NSA DirectorSource Image: CNN

Terrorists have the same Internet struggles as you: apparently, terrorists prefer Gmail for their email needs over any other provider, according to a former NSA and CIA director. Sorry, Yahoo Mail: came up short, again.

Former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden mentioned this while speaking at the pulpit of St. John’s Episcopal Church across from the White House on Sunday. "Gmail is the preferred Internet service provider of terrorists worldwide," Hayden said, presumably meaning the email service rather than the Internet service. "I don't think you're going to see that in a Google commercial, but it's free, it's ubiquitous, so of course it is." So, there you have it. Gmail is so easy to set-up that even the baddies use it. (Though, we have no idea why this was brought up in a church, of all places. *Shrugs*)

Hayden also went on to mention his view of anonymity on the Internet, "The problem I have with the Internet is that it's anonymous," but added that the government itself is struggling over the issue. The government funded technology during the Arab Spring that helped keep the identities of the activists anonymous. "We have a very difficult time with this," Hayden continued, asking, "is our vision of the World Wide Web the global digital commons—at this point you should see butterflies flying here and soft background meadow-like music—or a global free fire zone?"

[via Washington Post]

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