Firefox addon warns you of NSA PRISM surveillance

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  1. lotuseclat79

    lotuseclat79 Registered Member

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    Firefox addon warns you of NSA PRISM surveillance.

    -- Tom
     
  2. encus

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    Thanks for the info. Anyway, why does NSA do this? For what reason? I think it's a violation to privacy.
     
  3. Peter2150

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    Lets keep the discussion to the add on which is the topic. Posts on the why's and wherefore's of the NSA action will lead to this thread being shut down.

    Pete
     
  4. pajenn

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    interesting addon, but also unpractical for always-on use because in addition to the logo it also plays Pink Floyd, which can be quite annoying while browsing.

    I visited some news and (non-extremist) political sites and they were monitored per this addon. e.g. cnn.com. Same with many software sites like MajorGeeks.com, BitsduJour.com, giveawayoftheday.com and so forth.

    fwiw, Wilders is not being monitored per this addon, at least not voluntarily.
     
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  5. Electro Gypsy

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    I'm extremely sceptical of the claim that an addon can detect PRISM

    So sceptical that I think it more likely a ruse to get people to install an addon that will then compromise their privacy, if not their security as well
     
  6. 0strodamus

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    I don't think it detects PRISM; just warns when you visit a known website as stated in the first post.
     
  7. Electro Gypsy

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    And how, exactly, do the people behind it know that a site is monitored? - Is the NSA supplying them with a list?

    What about IP address reassignment? - Are the developers watching ICANN and every other equivalent national agency on a daily basis, so they can update their records?

    Even if the addon has been developed by the hardest core privacy advocates the world will ever know, I wouldn't trust its efficacy

    At best it will supply a false sense of oversight and, as I suggested, at worst it is simply playing on people's concerns in or der to lure them into installing something nefarious - I remain unconvinced
     
  8. 0strodamus

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    I think this extension is a goof. It wasn't too hard to look within the extension's code and see how simplistic it is.

    Here's the list of sites it currently triggers on:
    And here's the list of songs you'll enjoy courtesy of hxxp://66.228.34.242/audio/live/.
     
  9. luciddream

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    These were my thoughts exactly. And I can't remember where I first heard about this addon. I know Ixquick warned of this initiative on their homepage, but not sure if they mentioned the addon or not, can't remember. If so that'd make me skeptical of them too.

    You just never know who to trust these days. And the ones that act the most anti-establishment, you can bet, more often than not are part of the very establishment they're referring to, hiding behind a facade. A facade like, for instance, a Guy Fawkes mask... just sayin.
     
  10. Electro Gypsy

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    Might I suggest that you remove all this information from your sig?

    Were I to attempt to break into your system, but stymied by your security, I would have a convenient list of vectors that obviated the need to worry about bypassing your security
     
  11. luciddream

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    If you can even get past the router(s) first to be able to utilize that information... you deserve to get in.

    And after wasting half of your adult life doing that and then probing for vulnerabilities... I'd simply reboot my computer and turn my router & modem off overnight.

    I consider that info trivial. What I wouldn't recommend is people posting their WPA2 keys.
     
  12. J_L

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    OMG I'm exposed as well. I hope Electro Gypsy doesn't acquire my IP Address of 127.0.0.1 somehow.

    As for the add-on, it's just a pretty pointless blacklist. Don't know why it's even worth considering.
     
  13. Electro Gypsy

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    I don't need to get past any routers - I just need to social engineer your organisation or ISP
     
  14. Mman79

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    You're making it sound far less difficult than it really is. Now be a good soul and stop talking about hacking people *pats you on the head gently*

    Anyhoo, yes, this addon is pretty much garbage and a really sad attempt at fanning the PRISM flames. It can't do anything whatsoever but tell attentive users what they already know.
     
  15. J_L

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    Might I suggest that you explain how our sigs affect those scenarios? Ignoring how ridiculous your claims are in the first place.
     
  16. taleblou

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    Actualy it does not work for me. I have installed the add-on on firefox on 2 machines and I do not get the prism logo or music when visiting sites like google and cnn and otherso_Oo_O

    o_O o_O
     
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