The NSA/USG will be interested in collecting all the data they can get access to, using whatever means to do that. 'They' will most likely target all software that is widely distributed. Like Microsoft Windows, Linux, Adobe and so on, that will also need regular updates. All Cloud-based software will ofcourse also be a target.
Bruce Schneier points out that we need more encryption to at least make it more difficult for the NSA to do their snooping.
IF You are a Journalist, we canīt have you to reveal the sexual preferences of employees inside the GCHQ, or the NSA for that matter. But IF You are the GCHQ or the NSA, then itīs absolutely justified and 'constitutional' to go ahead and scoop up all the private data from ordinary innocent citizens (including info about those who are gay), and then abuse and share that data between Government thirdparties.
I donīt care if the GCHQ are gay or not, but I do care about having a DEMOCRACY that is built by the people, for the people, and NOT by or for some government spy agency.
It is all fine that Microsoft says that NSA hacking is unconstitutional. But what about Windows ? The question that remains to be answered is this - we know that the NSA 'helped' Microsoft build certain parts of their code in Windows (apparantly this goes for all versions).
Now could there be a backdoor built into every single edition of Windows ? If so, then how much will encryption help, if the NSA has a direct 'open line' into every single Windows PC on the planet ?
As a foreigner I can tell you that i donīt think that you need to worry about overseas friendships between our citizens, nor our governments for that matter :) That said, it will probably take some time before we all get over these revelations. Then hopefully we (our countries/nations) will sit down and have a long talk about human rights and privacy, and how to best solve the problem. Hopefully this will lead to mutual international agreements that will benefit the global community. :)
The bill includes new funding for technology to combat "insider threats" and leaks of classified information.
This only shows that nothing is going to change about the way the NSA is doing their surveillance. They are going to 'plug the holes' and continue to do their business the way they have been doing it over the past decade - including hacking into/monitoring and snooping on foreign officials and politicians.
What a 'sympathetic' way to make good friends.. As a foreigner I am utterly disgusted and so very dissappointed over this. Apparantly the order of the day is, letīs pretend weīre friends, so we can hack you and totally 0wn your privacy. But hey letīs just thank our 'new friends' for their services. Thanks to the NSA, I no longer need to find a cloud storage solution! They already have it backed up in some shitty datacenter somewhere in the desert.
It must have been really hard for these guys not to be able to express their personal frustrations for such a long period of time. This is pitiful and pathetic. I wonder why CNN have agreed to post something like this on their site ?
We in our western societies are very proud of our democracy and our freedom of speech. Having those basic rights is what makes the difference between our democracy compared to other suppressing countries. Now it seems that democracy is being replaced with totalitarianism. If we the people sit and do nothing about this, then our basic rights to privacy as well as freedom of speech will be violated, and our societies will as we can see happening, end up with a corrupt government that cannot be trusted.
Back in 2002 the NSA was using the TIA program (Total Information Awareness) the title says it all. Now a few years later the PRISM program is here. It seems that these guys have no moral, nor respect for privacy or rights of ordinary people. The TIA program got a lot of criticism back then, and the IAO (Information Awareness Office) was defunded in 2003 by the Congress. Apparantly it seems that these people will stop at nothing to collect information.
The Stasi archives seems like a bedtime story compared to these NSA revelations. Now is this how you build a democracy ?
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