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The NSA will spy on you for reading this article
« on: December 21, 2015, 04:58:16 AM »
The NSA will spy on you for reading this article

By Chris Smith on Dec 16, 2015 at 7:15 AM

http://bgr.com/2015/12/16/the-nsa-will-spy-on-you-for-reading-this-article/


Are you looking for ways to protect your privacy while browsing the web? Are you trying to learn how to use Tor, the browser that anonymizes your Internet traffic? Are you interested in ditching Windows for something that’s more privacy-friendly? The good news is that there are ways to do that. The bad news is that this sort of online behavior apparently triggers NSA spying, especially if you’re a foreigner.

A report from German site Tagesshau reveals that the NSA has a computer system dedicated to accessing Tor called XKeyscore. The NSA apparently digs for “deep-packet inspection” Internet users located outside of the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and other countries that comprise the Five Eyes countries that work with the NSA on surveillance programs.


Hating Windows is apparently another infraction that will get you on the short list, especially if you’re looking to install the Tails operating system, which is generally used by people looking to guard their privacy.

Reporting on Tagesshau’s findings, Boing Boing speculates that the NSA and its partners might be using these simple mass surveillance spying practices to divide Internet users into two principal categories: Those who don’t care about guarding their privacy online, and those who use services like Tor, Tails and others.
It appears that even looking for information about Tor and Tails – and potentially reading this post – will get you fingerprinted.

“I have known that this story was coming for some time now, having learned about its broad contours under embargo from a trusted source,” Boing Boing writes. “Since then, I’ve discussed it in confidence with some of the technical experts who have worked on the full set of Snowden docs, and they were as shocked as I was.

“One expert suggested that the NSA’s intention here was to separate the sheep from the goats – to split the entire population of the Internet into ‘people who have the technical know-how to be private’ and ‘people who don’t’ and then capture all the communications from the first group,” the site continues.
It’s believed that details about this NSA operation may come from a second source other than Snowden, although it’s not clear who that person is.

Even though it might sound scary to the regular user looking for online data protection, the NSA’s thinking isn’t illogical. It makes perfect sense to want to know who’s looking to hide their online activity behind things like Tor and Tails because some of the people who do it are indeed up to no good. They’re not reporters looking to protect their sources, and they’re not living in oppressed countries. Some of them are the bad guys the NSA is trying to catch, and bad guys will almost certainly want to protect all online activity with the help of these encrypted technologies.
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Re: The NSA will spy on you for reading this article
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2015, 12:56:04 PM »
Reporting on Tagesshau’s findings, Boing Boing speculates ..... speculates ...

I specualate that NSA is doing this after talking to the secret Alien invasion army who controls the US government secretly from a dark moon base...
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Good lord please give the paranoid people writing and trusting such articles on this planet a high dose of brains.

It slowly begins now to turn out that all the NSA stuff being reported in the last years turns into paranoid "blablabla" by more paranoid journalists and so-called "activists". get yourself a live and turn off your computer your you may end up as a patient in an asylum like Assange.
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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2015, 13:03:12 PM »
BTW who on earth is  BOINGBOING??? where do all this wannabe analyst come from now? everyone is an expert now regarding surveillance because a rat like Snowden stole papers and now hides in Putin´s FSB safe.house.

go f!ck yourself if you hide in a country where whistleblowers got assassinated with polonium in a foreign country becuase telling the world Putin is the Kremlin´s paedophile.

GO F!CK YOU SNOWDEN.

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Re: The NSA will spy on you for reading this article
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2015, 19:29:45 PM »
It is evident to me that the NSA did not even detect the radicalization of the San Bernardino killers, so why then should we believe that the NSA would in fact detect and go after anyone specifically? Like ourselves? That have even fewer surveillance markers than those two individuals. 

   It is even more evident to me now, that Snowden and Assange are a farce. They try and "sell" the scam that the NSA is after all of us as INDIVIDUALS, when actually the NSA is a huge machine that collects mega data that it then tries to filter it to the best of its ability. 

   And isn't it obvious to everyone, that both Assange and Snowden stand to gain a lot from demonizing the NSA? Even still, the most obvious thing of all, that they completely ignore exposing covert operations of countries that REALLY do kill whistle blowers??   

   Think about it. What kind of person sits around offended that the NSA is watching them? The kind of person that is scared that they will get caught doing something they shouldn't OR someone so privileged that they are immune to what constitutes REAL human rights abuses.... like starvation, sex slaves, regime oppression and the like. 

   Assange, get a life! The world is not suffering from too much surveillance, it suffers from too many self serving jerk offs like you preying on the vulnerabilities of ignorant people!
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Re: The NSA will spy on you for reading this article
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2015, 05:15:10 AM »
Think about it. What kind of person sits around offended that the NSA is watching them? The kind of person that is scared that they will get caught doing something they shouldn't OR someone so privileged that they are immune to what constitutes REAL human rights abuses.... like starvation, sex slaves, regime oppression and the like. - quote RINEY

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My thoughts exactly Riney. I joke about the NSA and at times seem to disfavor that group of so called spies...but the truth is, we need them. We do. There are loopholes in web security at this time, and it's not the fault of security developers...malware and viruses are bred as fast as cockroaches, and no one can catch the breeds as fast as they are born...UNTIL they learn by experience in time and development, now they are born, why and when. Then maybe there can be a master formula to conquer the garbage. Until then, NSA do your job. =)
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Re: The NSA will spy on you for reading this article
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2015, 05:33:13 AM »
“One expert suggested that the NSA’s intention here was to separate the sheep from the goats – to split the entire population of the Internet into ‘people who have the technical know-how to be private’ and ‘people who don’t’ and then capture all the communications from the first group,” the site continues.
It’s believed that details about this NSA operation may come from a second source other than Snowden, although it’s not clear who that person is. - quote ARTICLE

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Two tier internet. Just as predicted.


https://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~raylin/tieredinternet.html

The Current State of Affairs: Should the Internet be Tiered?
When some people hear about net neutrality, the first thing that comes to mind is government regulation.  These people want to preserve the internet in its present state, a state in which people can freely express their ideas in a forum as open and egalitarian as possible.   These people think that regulation would only impede the freedom associated with the internet when that is desired is to maintain the status quo.  To a degree, these people are right, even the most devoted supporters of net neutrality only want to maintain what we have now.  What people do not always realize is that even though there is no government regulation at present, the internet has been following these ideals until very recently. 


"The remarkable success of the Internet can be traced to a few
 simple network principles...which together give consumers...
 control. This 'neutral' network has supported an explosion
 of innovation at the edges of the network"
 - Vint Cerf [*pdf link] Chief Internet Evangelist, Google



To reiterate, the original internet followed the principle of neutrality without the need for any legal intervention.

It was not until fairly recently after the merger of two major telecom (telecommunications) companies AT&T and SBC communications where talks of “tiering” the internet came into light.  These companies proposed that there should be a high-speed “tier” to their networks where some services would be favored over others.  Sites that choose to pay for this service will then get faster and more reliable service.  The desire to stop tiering from taking place is the main reason that interest in net neutrality legislation has ballooned in the last few years.  

The Problem with Tiered Internet

Tiered internet will mainly affect the consumer in two ways.  The first is in the pocketbook.  The second and possibly a bit more difficult to see is what is often called the “gatekeeper” effect, which is the truly dangerous one.  

At first glance, tiered internet seems fine; companies that pay more get faster services.  However, this goes against the “end-to-end” paradigm that the internet was built on.  Few people may have ever heard of this term but all users of the internet rely on this principle.  The general gist of this is that all control of what goes on through the internet should be controlled by the producer and the end user, not the intermediary network provider that controls them. 

  By being able to regulate who gets to use the faster more reliable service, they would create what Tim Wu from the Colombia Law School calls “the Tony Soprano business model”.  The network owners stand in between the content provider and the end user and elicit money from any bit of information that wants to pass.  After that, one of two things can happen.  The content provider can choose to pay the fee, the network owners make liberal profit, and the content provider passes the cost onto the consumer. 

 Conversely, the content provider can opt out of paying and the end user is left with slow-loading and possible even degraded content.  Either decision spells trouble for the average consumer.  Regardless of which scenario takes place, the result will be monetary loss to the consumer and, even worse, the rise of an internet “gatekeeper”.

Other than content, any bit of information is of the same value as any other.  Even then, the desirability of the content is determined by the end user and no one else.  However, the whole story would change if tiered internet was to be allowed.  It can be assumed that fees to use upper tier would be high.  This will probably mean that these people will not be able to afford access this special tier.  That leaves the burning question: what about lower tier?  Of course, the telecom companies promise that nothing will be degraded or blocked but that is backed only with their word and in light recent events, their word seems less than trustworthy.  Madison River Communications is a North Carolina telecommunications company which intentionally blocked voice over IP traffic due to the fact that they also operated regular telephone service and this traffic was taking away some of their telephone business.  While this may seem extreme, it has happened on multiple occasions. 


 The result is still that the telcos (telecommunications companies) use their market power to discriminate what content is fastest and most reliable and in essence become the gatekeepers of what content is shown on the internet.  This is often said to be analogous to what has become of cable TV where a small number of powerful corporations decide what programming is shown depending on who can make them the best offer.  Even worse, there are now talks of the big network providers such as AT&T and Verizon creating content, especially video content, which need the fast networks the most.  If this happens and there is no neutrality provision in place, then there would be little reason for the telcos not to gouge the competition or even degrade their service since they would be indirect competition with content providers. 

It should come to no surprise that regular people and not major corporations create over 60 percent of the content on the internet.  Usually these people are the ones that create such web milestones as Google, yahoo, eBay and craigslist.  If a tiered internet existed, the innovative startups that have defined the internet would have been relegated to the slow lane and would not have grown as they did.  Instead, these companies would have suffocated from poor quality of service from the telecom companies and the best thing they could hope for is a quick buyout from these massive corporations for much less than they are worth.

  This leads to a decrease in the amount entrepreneurs willing to venture in new technologies and an overall decrease for innovation. 

While this situation may sound dire as is, there are even more ramifications.  Take for example, youtube, an online provider of user created video.  Let’s say Verizon has a service similar to that of youtube but more restricting and is overall inferior.  Because it is the user that chooses what content suits them best, youtube becomes successful since it is deemed superior while Verizon’s service flounders.  However, if the internet was tiered, the startup youtube would simply not have enough capital to pay an extra fee to make sure their connection to the end user is reliable on top of their normal fee.  On the other hand, Verizon’s service would be infinitely faster and more reliable since they control the pipes on which the data travels and decide to prioritize their service.  What concludes is a lopsided battle with Verizon the winner not because the public thought they had a better service but because Verizon chose to favor their own content over others. 

In the end, tiering will result in greater profits for the network providers at the expense of the consumer.


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https://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~raylin/other.html




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