Tag Archive for ‘NSA’

NSA Spying Relies on an ‘Extreme Willingness to Help’ ➝

ProPublica and The New York Times:

While it has been long known that American telecommunications companies worked closely with the spy agency, newly disclosed NSA documents show that the relationship with AT&T has been considered unique and especially productive. One document described it as “highly collaborative,” while another lauded the company’s “extreme willingness to help.” […]

One document reminds NSA officials to be polite when visiting AT&T facilities, noting: “This is a partnership, not a contractual relationship.”

It’s amazing how casually AT&T treats their customers’ privacy. They should be ashamed of themselves. But unfortunately, the only solution is to encrypt everything — I don’t have any faith that there’s a single telecom that has any respect for their users. They all have us over a barrel and would rather appease the government’s incessant need to collect data rather than do the right thing by protecting privacy.

(Via Pixel Envy.)

NSA Said to Exploit Heartbleed Bug for Years ➝

What an embarrassment.

Apple‘s Response to DROPOUTJEEP Report ➝

Apple’s statement, published by AllThingsD, in response to the recent report by Der Spiegel regarding a program called “DROPOUTJEEP:”

Apple has never worked with the NSA to create a backdoor in any of our products, including iPhone. Additionally, we have been unaware of this alleged NSA program targeting our products. We care deeply about our customers’ privacy and security. Our team is continuously working to make our products even more secure, and we make it easy for customers to keep their software up to date with the latest advancements. Whenever we hear about attempts to undermine Apple’s industry-leading security, we thoroughly investigate and take appropriate steps to protect our customers. We will continue to use our resources to stay ahead of malicious hackers and defend our customers from security attacks, regardless of who’s behind them.

Obama’s NSA Phone Spying Reforms Might Make Things Worse ➝

David Kravets:

To give Americans a modicum of privacy, Congress must quarantine away from law enforcement officials the data the telcos would be compelled to store and only grant access to the NSA upon approval of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court’s approval. The NSA said it queried its vast database just 300 times last year.

Here’s an idea: stop saving the data at all and require warrants to obtain the data from telcos.

I imagine things will have to get a lot worse before citizens are pissed off enough to force the government to change for the better.

When The NSA Shows Up At Your Internet Company ➝

Pete Ashdown, CEO of XMission, talks about his experience with a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant.