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NSA spying, Edward Snowden, GCSB bill

Post by digidog » Sat Jun 08, 2013 1:51 am

Google and some other providers are claiming they don't supply any information to the NSA, however the (April 2013) 41 slide NSA presentation "for new spies" that's been leaked to the Guardian and the Washington Post proves otherwise. Here's a couple of slides showing what the PRISM system offers to Government snoopers.

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The Guardian doesn't mince words.
The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top secret document obtained by the Guardian.

The NSA access is part of a previously undisclosed program called Prism, which allows officials to collect material including search history, the content of emails, file transfers and live chats, the document says.

The Guardian has verified the authenticity of the document, a 41-slide PowerPoint presentation – classified as top secret with no distribution to foreign allies – which was apparently used to train intelligence operatives on the capabilities of the program. The document claims "collection directly from the servers" of major US service providers.
Disclosure of the Prism program follows a leak to the Guardian on Wednesday of a top-secret court order compelling telecoms provider Verizon to turn over the telephone records of millions of US customers.
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The act also gives the director of national intelligence and the attorney general power to permit obtaining intelligence information, and indemnifies internet companies against any actions arising as a result of co-operating with authorities' requests.

In short, where previously the NSA needed individual authorisations, and confirmation that all parties were outside the USA, they now need only reasonable suspicion that one of the parties was outside the country at the time of the records were collected by the NSA.
Jameel Jaffer, director of the ACLU's Center for Democracy, that it was astonishing the NSA would even ask technology companies to grant direct access to user data.

"It's shocking enough just that the NSA is asking companies to do this," he said. "The NSA is part of the military. The military has been granted unprecedented access to civilian communications.

"This is unprecedented militarisation of domestic communications infrastructure. That's profoundly troubling to anyone who is concerned about that separation."
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/ju ... s-nsa-data" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Big brother is not only alive and well... he's probably been monitoring your communications for years.

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Post by digidog » Sat Jun 08, 2013 1:54 am

Here's a brand new NSA logo - brought to you by the good folks at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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Post by marika3 » Sat Jun 08, 2013 7:13 am

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President Barack Obama has defended newly revealed US government phone and internet surveillance programmes, saying they are closely overseen by Congress and the courts.
Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, said the press reports were "outrageous" and denied Facebook's participation in the programme.
His statement echoed those of other internet companies, who said they had not given the government direct access to their servers.
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Post by digidog » Sun Jun 09, 2013 2:00 am

The New York Times has a great story on how companies like Google and Microsoft can deny that they're cooperating with US spies or providing "back doors" into their servers. They have information which says the companies discussed ways to "efficiently and securely" share data about foreign users in response to requests made under FISA - the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The NYT points out that all FISA requests are by their nature secret, and employees who deal with the requests cannot discuss any details, even with their fellow employees. In other words it's illegal for Google, Microsoft, Skype et al to acknowledge any back door access to their systems. This makes all of those outraged denials just a little semantic.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/08/techn ... d=all&_r=0" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The NY Times reports that only Twitter have declined to make surveillance easier for the US government.

So now we have a little security dance that's a moral nonsense. US officials can't (legally) eavesdrop on US citizens, but the GCSB can (through it's Waihope base). And the US can spy on kiwi and Brit communications and there's nothing to stop them sending info to those countries in a spirit of mutual cooperation. This is starting to raise warning signals around the world. For example...

Michael Wigley in today's NBR asks, "Is the GCSB spying on tens of thousands of Kiwis?"
http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/gcsb-spyin ... -ck-141259" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

UK - "Ministers to reveal British link to US data spying scandal"
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/20 ... ng-scandal" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Canadian law professor Dr. Michael Geist - "Why Canadians Should Be Demanding Answers About Secret Surveillance Programs".
http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/6869/125/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The NBR even has a helpful column on how to protect your private data from this mass illegal snooping.
http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/snoop-be-g ... -ck-141262" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I guess this partly explains why our government just changed the law to make spying on all NZ citizens legal. Because it's already been going on for years... illegally.

There will always be those people who say, "If you have nothing to hide then you have nothing to worry about. Right?" It all comes down to what type of democracy you want to live in. If it's one that follows the Syrian tradition, then congratulations... your wish is coming true.

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Post by digidog » Sun Jun 09, 2013 3:34 am

The lead story in today's Guardian regards top-secret documents acquired by the newspaper about the NSA datamining tool, called "Boundless Informant".
The documents show the agency collecting 97 billion (think about that number!) pieces of intelligence from US computer networks over a 30-day period ending in March 2013.
That info even maps by country the huge amount of information it collects from computer and telephone networks - there's a map on the site showing that little old NZ isn't a high interest territory.
An NSA factsheet about the program, acquired by the Guardian, says: "The tool allows users to select a country on a map and view the metadata volume and select details about the collections against that country."

Under the heading "Sample use cases", the factsheet also states the tool shows information including: "How many records (and what type) are collected against a particular country."

A snapshot of the Boundless Informant data, contained in a top secret NSA "global heat map" seen by the Guardian, shows that in March 2013 the agency collected 97bn pieces of intelligence from computer networks worldwide.

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Post by Foggyone » Sun Jun 09, 2013 4:08 am

Surprisingly, the UK also rates the same as NZ. But China is a hotspot.

And it's important to realise these spooks are spies, superbly trained and versed in the art of lying, even to a greater degree than politicians.
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Post by Foggyone » Sun Jun 09, 2013 11:52 pm

"The level of secrecy around the current legal procedures undermines the freedoms we all cherish"

Larry Page, Google CEO commenting on NSA PRISM (Google)
"I call on all Web users to demand better legal protection and due process safeguards for the privacy of their online communications, including their right to be informed when someone requests or stores their data"

Sir Tim Berners Lee, commenting on NSA PRISM - (WebFoundation)
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Re: Security & high profile sites get 'pwned' + PRISM

Post by digidog » Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:47 pm

Otago University information science Associate Professor Hank Wolfe believes Kiwis are under constant surveillance and the Government should own up to its part in the operation. He doesn't believe for one minute that only Metadata is being collected and stored.
"The [National Security Agency] has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything,” Snowden said.

“With this capability, the vast majority of human communications are automatically ingested without targeting. If I wanted to see your emails or your wife's phone, all I have to do is use intercepts. I can get your emails, passwords, phone records, credit cards.’’

Wolfe today urged the New Zealand Government to “fess up” to having New Zealanders spied on through Prism.

He said data was being gathered on millions of people worldwide and this operation was as illegal as the pervasive and constant surveillance of citizens by the Soviet Union and East German governments of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s - back then severely criticised in the West for their methods.

Under what was unofficially known as the Five Eyes Alliance, New Zealand and other governments; including the United States, Australia, Canada, and Britain, dealt with internal spying by saying they didn’t do it, Wolfe said.

“But they have all the partners doing it for them and then they share all the information.

“They can honestly say, when asked if they do internal spying, ‘No’.

‘‘They have to be able to say ‘no’ with honesty and clarity. By having one of the partners do the job for them, they can avoid saying: ‘Yes, we’re doing it illegally’. That’s how it works. And they’re doing it for the US, and so on.”

Wolfe said it was unlikely Governments would own up to operating this way.

“They’re not going to want to admit to that. They will want to lie their way out of it.”
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Post by digidog » Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:00 pm

Here's a very similar sentiment expressed by a law lecturer at the University of Canberra. He says that Aussies using Facebook, Google, Twitter and Skype could be spied on by US intelligence services along with people who have entered a particular search term into Google, for example. Bruce Arnold says there is nothing in US law to stop the NSA from looking at Australian web traffic.
There's no prohibition there," he said. "It's good manners not to but we know that they do it.
As an aside, the story has a memorable quote from Greens Senator, Scott Ludlum.
George Orwell's 1984 wasn't intended to be an instruction manual.
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Post by digidog » Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:39 am

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published a nicely formatted timeline of NSA Spying.

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Mozilla started global campaign: https://optin.stopwatching.us/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Post by digidog » Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:59 pm

"If you're doing nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide from the giant surveillance
apparatus the Government's been hiding."

~ Stephen Colbert
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Post by Foggyone » Sat Jun 15, 2013 1:58 am

What Mark Surman," Mr Mozilla" says in his email to people on his email list. This leads to the website noted by Marika3 above.
Hi there,

This Tuesday, Mozilla joined with a coalition of organizations from across the political and technical spectrum to send a message to the US government: Stop watching us.

We believe that technology's most important use is for good. But if what we've heard about PRISM is true, then what has been happening is the opposite of that. And the more I hear about the massive spying program that has allegedly been collecting information on the way millions of people use the Web, the more I worry. I worry specifically about government agencies forcing private companies to hand over people's data in secret — even if there is no suspicion that those people have done anything wrong.

The information that government agencies are reportedly collecting includes everything we do on the Web — our communication with friends and family, the way we conduct private business and manage our money. If these revelations are true, they confirm my worst fears about the potential for abuse of our basic rights. But for me, that’s not what worries me most. The worst part is seeing so many people just shrug their shoulders and say, “Well, this was inevitable. Privacy is dead.”

It’s not inevitable. We can can change things. Privacy is an essential part of Internet life that can be protected if we fight for it, and we're fighting now. The first step: tell Congress to stop unwarranted spying on Internet users and to explain exactly what's going on.

Please, I urge you to join me and so many others in telling the US government: stop watching us.

And if you — like me — don't live in the US, you can still sign. This affects all of us.

I believe in a Web where we don’t have to fear that everything we do is tracked, monitored and logged — all behind closed doors. I believe that the Web thrives on openness and transparency. For 20 years, we've built the Web on these principles. We need to protect them.

Just over a year ago, we asked for the public’s help to stop the US Congress from considering legislation — the Stop Online Piracy and PROTECT IP Acts — that posed serious threats to the future of the Web. I was blown away by the response. It was the biggest online protest in history — hundreds of thousands of you got involved and together we shut down a fundamental attack on the Web as we know it. That's what we can do when we work together — when we fight together.

Today we are taking a stand for everyone who uses technology, for any reason. Please stand with us. Don't wait. Do it now:

StopWatching.Us

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Post by marika3 » Sat Jun 15, 2013 4:12 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-22916329" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Facebook received 9,000-10,000 requests for user data from US government entities in the second half of 2012.
The social-networking site said the requests, relating to between 18,000 and 19,000 accounts, covered issues from local crime to national security.

Microsoft meanwhile said it received 6,000 and 7,000 requests for data from between 31,000 and 32,000 accounts.
http://newsroom.fb.com/News/636/Faceboo ... y-Requests" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
By Ted Ullyot, Facebook General Counsel
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These requests run the gamut – from things like a local sheriff trying to find a missing child, to a federal marshal tracking a fugitive, to a police department investigating an assault, to a national security official investigating a terrorist threat.
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We will continue to be vigilant in protecting our users’ data from unwarranted government requests, and we will continue to push all governments to be as transparent as possible.
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