this is what I would expect a spy agency to do. Work the available contacts (i.e. people with information they want) to garner useful tips and leads and yes phone numbers.
Then target 'those' specific numbers for ongoing intelligence efforts.
And frankly of Merkel of Germany was giving out a number that was used for anything *other* than talking to the US for diplomatic reasons, I'd be amazed. I'm not sure how much of these numbers really would produce much intel.
Re: Sometimes industry likes long copyrights without intending to make money off them
What the industry doesn't yet understand is that selling a 1, 2 or 3 billion 'streaming' (i.e. netflix) subscriptions will make them more money, more consistently than trying to lock stuff up behind DRM ever will.
They don't generally, they just issue you a fine that your car was being operated in a reckless manner. No points since that's an individual's license and hard to prove.
Now, if the speed cameras show his car going through a particular section of street at X mph and his video shows him at that place and time, now they have a way to put HIM at the place and time of the violation.
Still I don't like them keeping video and data like this (as has been discussed numerous times here) to be able to go back in time and see if you committed a crime that they didn't catch you doing at the time.
a fair point, but another point is that any computer to which someone else has physical access is always insecure. You simply can't trust it to be reliably [whatever] since they could have done something to it.
Until we have a true private mesh network that doesn't rely on any public infrastructure, can anything traveling over wires the gov't/corp's control or monitor be considered secure?
I remember when DirecTV was going after people virtualizing their their smartcards to be able to decrypt the content.
Over a period of months, they had minor updates to the smart card software...and it was evident that they were loading the cards with destruction code. The 'owners' could only wait and watch since they needed the updates to keep running.
I feel like we're watching the tools for our societies destruction being loaded right in front of us...and we're just watching and waiting...