NSA spying, Edward Snowden, GCSB bill

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Re: NSA spying, Edward Snowden, GCSB bill

Post by digidog » Fri Jul 03, 2015 2:32 am

Glenn Greenwald and others have written a couple of articles on the inner workings of XKEYSCORE, the NSA's powerful mass surveillance tool. We learn that it's Linux software, typically deployed on Red Hat servers using Apache web server. The collected data is stored in MySQL databases. All of that info applies to these forums as well... those packages are all tried and true open source software.

I found this info amusing... even the spooks hate Internet Explorer -- and who can blame them.
Analysts connect to XKEYSCORE over HTTPS using standard web browsers such as Firefox. Internet Explorer is not supported.
The first story confirms that the NSA and their friends at the GCSB use “full-take data” methods on all of our emails, phone calls and other communications. Unless it's deemed to be of special interest, stored content is held for 3 to 5 days and metadata for 30 to 45 days.

There are two stories:
XKEYSCORE: NSA’s Google for the World’s Private Communications

Behind the Curtain -- a Look at the Inner Workings of NSA’s XKEYSCORE

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Re: NSA spying, Edward Snowden, GCSB bill

Post by digidog » Thu Nov 12, 2015 8:59 pm

The Intercept interviews Edward Snowden about how to reclaim your privacy in an age of mass surveillance. This is a geek's conversation full of interesting tips.

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