WhaleTech: Who is surprised at this, really?

via Boing Boing

via Boing Boing

Turns out the spies are hard wired into your email, Skype and other conversations.  All to keep the world safe from the nasty people, of course.

A leaked NSA slide-deck claims that NSA has “direct access” to servers at Google, Apple, Facebook, Skype, Yahoo, and many others.

The Guardian and The Washington Post have both been leaked a 41-slide NSA presentation on a program called PRISM, which — according to the slides — gives the spy agency (part of the US military) “direct access” to the servers of the biggest Internet companies in America, including Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, AOL, Yahoo and Skype. The papers have released three slides (reproduced above). The presentation dates from April 2013, and is marked “top secret with no distribution to foreign allies” and is claimed to be part of training material for new spies.

The papers go on to describe some of the other parts of the presentation, including a claim of “strong growth” in the spy agency’s access to the companies’ servers in 2012: up 248% for Skype, 131% for Facebook and 63% for Google. They also describe slides that walk through parts of the presentation that detail the changes in American surveillance law that makes this allegedly legal — a shift in the standard for surveillance from “confirmations that both the sender and receiver of a communication were outside the US” to “anyone ‘reasonably believed’ to be outside the USA.” This is celebrated by the authors of the presentation, who describe this as America’s “home-field advantage.”

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Are you surprised?

Does this knowledge change your thinking?  Are you going to change what you do on your computers, tablets and phones?

Do you think our GCSB is tapped into the same resources?


Source:  Boing Boing


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  • Jonathan Pull

    I realize we need security and safety and a system like this is/should be great in providing that but as Dunne proved yesterday that humans are fallible

  • Never in the dark…..

    What’s the name ‘Orcon’ doing in there?

  • thor42

    “Do you think our GCSB is tapped into the same resources?”

    I’m sure they are.

  • Dion

    No, I’m not surprised – and it won’t change my behaviour (nothing to hide and all that).

    What worries me is how governments, accustomed to these kinds of powers will be behaving 30 or so years from now – and what kind of place the world will be then.

    • Mr_V4

      You are a fool if you believe in that nothing to hide statement. Your second statement confirms it, because what directly leads to your second statment becoming reality is your attitude with the first.


      • Dion

        My attitude is one of resignation. This is an international issue where the countries involved are much larger and more powerful than our own.

        If you’ve got any suggestions on what an individual can do to influence any of this, then I’d love to hear them.

  • John Q Public

    What are they getting from YouTube ? Who’s getting called a fag in the comment, sorry- abuse, section ?

  • Get a Grip

    So not only does the Gummint have a copy of all Peter Dunnes emails(on their servers) but so does, Fairfax, GCSB and the Merry Cans:-)
    So guess any half decent hacker will find them!!!!

  • Anonymouse Coward

    It’s beyond silly.

    If radical Maori activist 7e19e20c448bb8386c4beff743d3d3e0 and radical Maori activist 59a505bcee736d4fd203909786eb62a1 both call the same telephone number have the funny police identified another radical Maori activist or did each of them call a cuzzy-bro to see if they could borrow his chain saw.

    The new data center the NSA is building in Maryland will draw 60 megawatts of power. What the hell are they doing that needs 60Mw of power?

    • Mr_V4

      Code breaking and 5 billion terabytes of storage is what they are doing with the site in Utah. Possibly up to yotabytes of storage (ie a trillion terabytes).

  • Dumrse

    Lets help crash all the systems by putting key words in our emails. Top secret. Bombs. Terrorist. Wanker. Etc. etc.