Exposed: NSA's War on Encryption

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Orionsword

They do say a black widow does hide in the web for it's prey

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praack

what is disturbing is that none of these laws would hold up in front of the supreme court- yet no attempts are being made yet to get them there.

instead we here- there is no privacy, or i have nothing to hide

so now the 1st, 4th amendments are in doubt, the second is being assaulted, hmm got to get the document out and see how many others are going down.

even the obama care will put into play a national db scheme where you are identified via your medical and tax records - everything goes into washington and anywhere in the country your records can be pulled.

we are told that is for our good as well...

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rabesa14

as Marvin replied I didn't know that a single mom can make $4482 in a few weeks on the internet. did you read this web page .......mac22.com

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Engelsstaub

Screw Marvin and his reply.

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John Pombrio

This is only the 3rd or 4th Snowden leak that has been released. Remember that he brought out THOUSANDS of documents. These revelations are just going to keep hammering us for years.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

No, they are not!

Snowden has not yet mentioned anything that I have not posted before him

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jgrimoldy

When you posted these things before Snowden, were they simply cynical, dystopian suppositions/assumptions, or were they supported by evidence?

Here's a good opportunity to retake the lead on Snowden. Please repost your assessments, with supporting evidence, that Snowden has not yet mentioned.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

I don't run around doing whatever strange anonymous Internet users tell me to do

Of course my posts were supported by evidence

If you want proof, go back and reread my posts as many include examples on how to find the backdoors and get the evidence you seek

Those who cannot get their own proof are either propaganda shills or morons who blindly follow the "Experts" who keep stealing whatever they have

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jgottberg

I don't know about anyone else in IT but I kind of feel like a toy soldier in all of this. Sure, we can install the latest security appliances and AV/anti-malware tools but we can only protect what we are "allowed" to protect. It kind of makes me feel like, why bother?

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DarkQuark

I think the article is somewhat incorrect. The thrust of the matter is not that they have cracked encryption protocols IE come up with a way to defeat them through foiling the underlying algorithm. But that they can see right through them effortlessly because they have implanted back doors in them or other types of weaknesses only they know about. The NSA has been involved in all of the encryption protocols in recent history at their formation so they had every opportunity.

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warptek2010

Not surprising. I actually read all this shit in novels written in the late 90's. Fiction writers do seem prescient.

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Engelsstaub

I could have sworn President Obama ran on the promise of "a transparent administration." He's as bad or worse than Bush ever was. ...that and his bullshit about getting out of Iraq. I remember getting one of his pre-recorded phone calls in '08 talking how if he's elected he's going to bring the troops home immediately. Rather than just being content lying about that now he wants to also fuck with Syria and get the US into more "world police" war (instead of minding our own business and spending our money on fixing our own broken shit.)

I'm sick of our government and its secret bullshit. We're always telling on ourselves too...it's hilarious. I'm betting some other countries aren't any better but at least China and Russia don't go leaking their shit and telling the world on themselves :P

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tristone

I am a Chinese and believe me, China is no way better than the US. And it's not even close in a 100 years if you read Chinese news everyday. Of course people in China are not mostly worrying about privacy issues, because they are worrying about food poisoning now.

On the other hand I would not think of leaking as a bad thing. At least we get a chance to know now, thanks to Edward Snowden.

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Engelsstaub

Thanks for your input, tristone. It's hard to sit and generalize about another nation when I've never been there so your insight is valuable.

I was sort-of joking about the leaking thing. I'm just saying (for those who cry "evil empire" all the time about the US) that we tend to be pretty transparent about our faults. Our news outlets love to tell the world when we're screwing up behind closed doors haha :P I'm just hoping it leads to reform.

...and food poisoning is a far greater concern than what personal data our governments are legally or illegally accessing. I sincerely wish you and your family well.

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tristone

Hi Engelsstaub, I get your joke :D and heartfelt thanks for your kind wishes. I am actually living in 'down under' now with my family so not much worry about food poisoning from me.

When it comes to 'evil empire', I guess most people's concern is not that the US government can be much more of an 'evil' than their Russian or Chinese counterpart, but rather it has the WMD that can do the biggest damage. And on top of that we can see the beast is breaking out of the cage now.

As it was said, 'Impossible is Nothing'. Even in China there was a time, not long ago, when everyone can criticize the government freely.

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limitbreaker

USA is no longer a free country because it's missing a few key points like not jailing and torturing people specially without them being proven guilty in the court of law or like um... Not spying on your own people and invading their privacy. Because you know... That's bad.

Here's an interesting fact: the number of people killed on average by terrorism per year in U.S. ?... 24. The number of people killed in U.S every year by circumcision... 100.

Better watch out!

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davelray

Say what you will about the USA. I still have far more freedoms here than ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. As for the erosion of those freedoms, well, you have the Obama administration to thank for a lot of that.

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Engelsstaub

That's debatable. It depends on what we personally define as freedom or which we deem most important. If we were keeping track the US would have IMO many important ones that aren't always found elsewhere.

I'm not trying to be argumentative or even unpatriotic. I'm a moderate and I've two honorable discharges from two different branches of the military. (No brag...just trying to convey that I like my nation but can be a bit more critical than others like me.)

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davelray

double post somehow

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Engelsstaub

Well said.

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SomebodySmart

Use a simple computer to compose your message and encrypt it, a computer that is not hooked up to anything. (Trouble is, how to stop it from broadcasting but that's another matter) Then export the encrypted message to a flash drive and plug that flash drive into the computer you use to upload the encrypted message to the internet. They cannot hack into the simple machine by remote control because it is not wired to anything. They need to bring back the 5.25" floppy drives to machines that can surf the net, and the old Commodore 64 to use for composing and encrypting the text file.

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kiaghi7

Yeah, we called that "sneaker net", where you save a file to a disk, put on your sneakers, and take it to the person/place where you wanted to transfer it...

In fact encryption isn't necessary unless you have concern of it being lost/stolen in transit, because floppy disks were infamous for their terrible wifi reception...

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dedgar

The NSA isn't hacking into your 'simple computer/machine'. They are reading the encrypted email/etc. once it hits the 'net.

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AFDozerman

Bullwinkle? I expected you front and center! Where are you??

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Bullwinkle J Moose

I don't use encryption

They already know I'm an AssHole!

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The Mac

lol