SpiderOak launched in 2007. At the time its privacy features weren't a marketing draw, but rather more of an academic exercise. Oberman is skeptical of other cloud-storage companies' attempts to plug existing security holes.
The New York Times reported Sept. 6 the National Security Agency has spent billions of dollars to learn how to decrypt online content, including user activity on the sites of major companies, according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
The Times said it "removed some specific facts" about government decryption capabilities because of concern they "might prompt foreign targets to switch to new forms of encryption." The article nonetheless said leaked files "show that the agency is still stymied by some encryption."