NSA has direct access to tech giants' systems for user data, secret files reveal

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  1. hawki

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    " House Moves to Rein in NSA 'Backdoor' Spying on Americans

    The House of Representatives on Thursday approved an effort to rein in government surveillance by passing an amendment that attempts to block so-called "backdoor" searches by the NSA.
    The late night vote on the amendment, whose main sponsor was Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), passed 293-123 with overwhelming bipartisan support and little debate


    Massie and amendment co-sponsors Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) called their proposal "a sure step toward shutting the back door on mass surveillance," and stated that it would "reinstate an important provision that was stripped from the original USA FREEDOM Act to further protect the Constitutional rights of American citizens. Congress has an ongoing obligation to conduct oversight of the intelligence community and its surveillance authorities.' "

    Full Story: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/06/20-3
     
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    What is this back door, exactly? Is it a legal loophole that allows them to collect data without a warrant?
     
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    From https://standagainstspying.org/:
     
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    "Greenwald Delays Biggest Snowden Story Yet Over Government Claims

    The Snowden leak that journalist Glenn Greenwald has described as the biggest story yet was delayed prior to publication this week, after the U.S. government made last-minute claims about the forthcoming disclosure....

    Greenwald, now heading up First Look Media’s The Intercept as a founding editor, has been telling the world for months “the biggest stories [have yet] to be reported,” including a list of individuals actively targeted by the U.S. intelligence community for surveillance.

    “One of the big questions when it comes to domestic spying is, ‘Who have been the NSA’s specific targets?’” Greenwald told the Sunday Times. “Are they political critics and dissidents and activists? Are they genuinely people we’d regard as terrorists? What are the metrics and calculations that go into choosing those targets and what is done with the surveillance that is conducted? Those are the kinds of questions that I want to still answer.”

    Greenwald finally issued a long-awaited publication date of midnight Tuesday, but followed up a short time later with a tweet announcing a new delay.

    “After three months working on our story, [the United States government] today suddenly began making new last-minute claims which we intend to investigate before publishing,” Greenwald said.

    No further updates have been issued by Greenwald or the Intercept, and a live Reddit AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) session with Greenwald and fellow Intercept writer Murtaza “Maz” Hussain scheduled to take place after publication has also been put on hold."

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    from Schneier's same blog post:

    Yes, this IS very disturbing. But NOT very surprising:
    VPN & the NSA
     
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    funny comment posted at Schneier's blog

     
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    The NSA Does Something Right.

    -- Tom
     
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    From that source code:
    I remember a few threads about TAILs on this forum as well... :)
     
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    I had a hunch this was the case. People using VPNs and such would be more closely looked at than those who did not. What surprises me is that it merely tracks based on IP.

    I would have bet quite a lot of money that it would employ more sophisticated traffic analysis and browser fingerprinting. I just wonder if this is really all it uses to track. It almost seems as though they don't even know who the ip is assigned to by the ISP? This seems difficult to believe. As massive as Prism is, I can't see how it can use such simplistic tracking.
     
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    Report: NSA targeted German privacy activist.

    -- Tom
     
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    NSA targets the privacy-conscious (5 web pages) by von J. Appelbaum, A. Gibson, J. Goetz, V. Kabisch, L. Kampf, L. Ryge

    -- Tom
     
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    https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/07/dear-nsa-privacy-fundamental-right-not-reasonable-suspicion

    Though honestly I don't think there's ever been MORE people interested in Linux, or Tails, or Tor than compared to the years before the first Snowden stuff appeared (so singling out people interested in such things would be a large amount of people to target). In before someone finds something from them that declares Linux a communist plot to disrupt America's software economy. :rolleyes:
     
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